The Supreme Court heard a case on Thursday regarding the Sharif family shifting its sugar mills to South Punjab.
A Lahore High Court bench had, in September 2017, ordered the mills to be shifted out of southern Punjab and declared that shifting the three mills there was illegal. The Sharif’s took the case to the Supreme Court and their plea was admitted in January this year.
The Sharif family’s lawyer asked for time to prepare for the case.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, who headed the bench, said that the sugar mills were able to operate for one whole crushing season for free.
He said there were bad intentions behind shifting the mills to South Punjab.
Justice Nisar observed that a judicial commission had been informed that a power house was being set up in the area. He said they lied to the court and set up mills instead.
The CJ said it would be best if the mills were shifted.
The lawyer asked for time to confer with his clients. The CJ said whoever wants extra time should deposit Rs100,000 in the dam fund.
PTI leader Jahangir Tareen had taken the Sharifs to the LHC for illegally shifting their sugar mills to South Punjab despite a ban.