ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed sugar mill owners to deposit cheques for outstanding dues of the farmers with the cane commissioner by June 14 (tomorrow). An apex court bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed issued the directive while hearing a petition filed by sugarcane farmers.

The sugarcane farmers in their petition contended that they were not being paid by the mill owners for their crops.

Justice Saeed remarked that an investigation would be launched in case a cheque bounced or was not deposited. He said that the Advocate General’s Office would submit a petition against the sugar mills owners if the cheques were not submitted.

As per the court directive, the cane commissioner would hand over these cheques to the relevant deputy commissioner.

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2019