LAHORE - The Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Tuesday set aside a notification of the Punjab government whereby the price of one ‘samosa’ was fixed at Rs6.

The apex court bench comprising Justice Syed Tasaduq Hussain Jilani and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa allowed an appeal of Punjab Bakers and Sweets, Samanabad, which had assailed the impugned order of the Lahore High Court (LHC). In 2009, the City District Government Lahore had fixed price of one ‘samosa’ at Rs6 and magistrates imposed fine on shopkeepers for selling the same at a higher price.

The Punjab Bakers and Sweets Federation, through its President Chaudhry Muhammad Afzal, had challenged this order at the time, but the LHC had dismissed the petition.

The petitioner moved an appeal in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry arguing that Samosa is not an item notified under the Punjab Foodstuffs (Control) Act 1958; therefore, its price cannot be fixed by the provincial government.

The Punjab government’s counsel submitted that the government had the power to fix prices of items that were being sold to the public at large.

The apex court, however, allowed the appeal of Punjab Bakers and Sweets and set aside the impugned notification.