The Lahore High Court on May 16 turned down the requisition of a French company requesting to vacate stay against import of alleged substandard carbon dioxide from India. The judge had earlier restrained the government from granting any new one-time permission for import of the carbon dioxide.
The high court judge Justice Ayesha A Malik deferred further hearing of the petition till April 29 on request of a deputy attorney general to enable the government to file reply on the petition. She issued notice on applications of four importers who had moved application to become party to the petition moved on behalf of m/s Colony Sugar Mills. The petitioner counsel, Shahid Ikram Siddique, while giving his submission on stay application said that one time for import of gas through Wahga border was a violation of clause 20 of Order 2009 of the import policy.
The cousel also submitted that the storage facilities, testing laboratory and transportation facilities were not available at the Wahga boarder but the import was allowed regularly through one time dispensation.