Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has dismissed 31 petitions challenging the state advisory price (SAP) of sugarcane for the 2011-12 season fixed by the Uttar Pradesh government.

A division bench comprising Justice Devi Prasad Singh and Justice S C Chaurasia pronounced the judgement while dismissing a bunch of petitions filed by East UP Sugar Mills Association, Lucknow and 30 other sugar mills which had challenged the hike in the SAP.

The court also imposed a cost of Rs 50 lakh on the petitioner sugar mills which will be deposited by them in equal amounts within two months to the court.

By the circular dated November 8, 2011, the state government had fixed Rs 250 per quintal for good quality sugarcane, Rs 240 for normal variety and Rs 235 for poor quality of cane purchased from the growers.

The court contended that, “There is no reason to interfere with the SAP under the process of judicial review.” 

It also observed that "keeping in view the material on record and proposition of law discussed, the writ petitions are liable to be dismissed with exemplary cost." Imposing a fine of Rs 50 lakh the Court asked the sugar mills to pay the amount within two months. It also ordered for remitting half the amount to Council of Sugarcane Research, Shahjahanpur for research activity.  

The remaining amount shall be remitted to the mediation and conciliation centre of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.