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SC suspends SHC stay order, allows action against sugar mill owners

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the Sindh High Court’s stay order restraining the federal government from taking action against sugar mills over the inquiry commission’s recommendations.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, heard the federal government’s petition challenging the SHC order. The apex court directed the government to refrain from unnecessary measures against sugar mill owners and take action against them as per the law.
The top court also directed the Sindh and Islamabad High Courts to decide petitions by sugar mills within three weeks and restrained government functionaries from issuing statements on the sugar commission report.
The government had filed the appeal in the apex court requesting to suspend the restraining order issued by the high court gave on a petition moved by sugar mill owners. The petition stated the SHC cannot stop the investigation and that the high court did not hear both sides.
On June 23, the Sindh High Court had issued a stay order preventing the government from further action on the sugar inquiry commission report.
A petition was filed against the sugar inquiry commission report by twenty sugar mill owners and further action on the report was temporarily halted.
The SHC has sought an explanation from the sugar mills by June 30 while the petitioner has also been asked to explain why the matter was referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Shahzad Akbar.
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