New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to change its earlier order directing the UP sugar mill owners to clear their dues of Rs 4,000 crore in three installments.

The top court also rejected the demands of the sugarcane owners that the time limit to clear their dues should be extended.

Earlier on April 20, giving a major relief to sugarcane growers in Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court had directed the UP sugar mill owners to clear their dues of Rs 4,000 crore in three installments in May 7, June 7 and July 7 respectively.

The millers will have to clear the dues latest by first week of July.

Taking a serious note of the attitude and conduct of the Sugar Mill Owners Association which has been trying to delay the payment of outstanding dues of the farmers, the top court asked the UP sugar owners to clear their dues.

On the contrary, several millers – including Badayun Sugar Co, Sherwani Syndicate – have moved the top court seeking changes of its earlier order, which was rejected by the top court.

They (Sugarcane owners) have not paid the June 7 installment to the farmers yet.

JPN

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