ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Punjab Sugar Dealers Associations petition regarding fixing of sugar price on the ground that petitioners counsel had requested to withdraw the case. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja and Justice Ghulam Rabbani gave this directive here on Thursday. Counsel for Punjab Sugar Dealers Association, Farooq Amjad Mir Advocate, said in his arguments that the Lahore High Court (LHC) orders regarding fixing of sugar price at Rs 40/kg were not applicable as the sugar dealers had purchased previous sugar stock at Rs 45/kg. He said that Federal Minister Manzoor Wattoo had fixed sugar price at Rs 49.75 while Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani had announced ex-mill price to be Rs 45. He claimed that LHC had committed certain irregularities in its judgment as, according to him, the court did not hear the petitioners and issued notices to them. Regarding the crackdown ordered by the Punjab government against sugar hoarders, Mir termed it a blank cheque to violate law, and claimed that Punjab Sugar Dealers Association was representing 5,000 sugar dealers from across the province. However, the petitioners counsel could not answer when Chief Justice repeatedly asked him to produce any such legal document that could verify the counsels claim that the petitioners had purchased sugar at Rs 45/kg. The counsel said that delivery orders in sugar trade never contained any such details. On this the Chief justice remarked that setting of sugar price was a case of public interest and the court would not allow the sugar dealers to fix sugar price at their sweet will. The counsel sought time till Friday morning saying he was not prepared for this question. At this, Chief Justice Iftikhar said, Subah kis ne dekhi hai (Who waits for tomorrow?) and observed that it was the most important question involved in the case. Justice Jawad S. Khawaja instructed the lawyer not to appear before a court without preparation. The counsel then requested withdrawal of the case, the SC entertained his request and observed that the petitioner could avail himself of other legal remedies. Hearing another petition in the same case filed by Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) Supreme Court expressed its displeasure over production of fake document by the petitioner. The SC had asked the petitioners counsel Shahid Karim Advocate to produce a resolution that was mandatory to be passed by PSMA against LHC decision. The counsel in response took more than three hours and produced a forged document of the resolution, which according to him, was passed by Central Executive Committee (CEC) in PSMAs Lahore office, while its registered office was located in Islamabad. The court observed that the said document was fake and rebuked Chairman PSMA Iskander Khan for resorting to a fraudulent act. Iskander said that he was out of the country when the resolution was passed with Acting Chairman Javed Kayani in chair with whose signatures the fake document was prepared. When the apex court expressed its strong displeasure, Iskander apologised and expressed his ignorance of the matter. The court issued contempt of court notice to Javed Kayani and summoned him on Friday (today). Earlier, the apex court sought opinions from parties to the case regarding fixing of sugar rates by Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP). The court directed the Attorney General (AG) to ensure that present sugar price of Rs 40/kg was retained till the final CCP report is launched within the next two weeks. The Chief Justice praised Chairman CCP Khalid Mirza for his credibility and integrity and said that SC would entrust CCP the responsibility of setting sugar price rates. Mirza said that he was not authorised to do so under Competition Ordinance. SC observed that it was looking forward to authorising Chairman CCP to set and monitor sugar rates after receiving opinions from all those that were parties to the case. The court, however, observed that CCP would not be allowed to overlook consumers interests. The Supreme Court was adjourned till today.