LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Thursday dismissed an application requesting to put the names of Federal Minister Industries and Production Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo and others on Exit Control List (ECL). The application was filed by Shafqat Mehmood Chohan advocate who in his petition sought contempt proceedings against the minister and other government functionaries for not complying with LHCs order of fixing sugar price at Rs40 per kg. He had pleaded that after issuance of contempt notices there were apprehensions that the respondents might slip to foreign countries to avoid court proceedings. He said contempt of court proceedings were of criminal nature therefore, the respondents names might be put on ECL till the final decision of contempt proceedings. Other respondents included Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mehmood, Secretary Commerce Salman Ghani, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan and its Punjab chapter president Javed Kiyani. Earlier on Thursday, Mian Manzoor Wattoo made his appearance before the court along with his counsel Barrister Ali Zafar. However, President Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (Punjab) Javed Kiyani and Secretary Commerce Salman Ghani were represented by their counsels. Chief Justice took serious notice of non-appearance of Chief Secretary Punjab when Secretary Foods informed the court that the CS could not appear due to his bad health. Defending the allegations of contempt of court Wattoo said that he was a law abiding citizen, has been speaker Punjab Assembly and Chief Minister and besides holding many other positions, could not even think of committing contempt. He said some of the newspapers misstated the proceedings of Parliament Committee and on the same evening he held a press conference clarifying his position and denying the statements. The minister also said that whatever information he gave to the Committee was correct and did not constitute any contempt whatsoever. He further said that the authorities concerned were taking all steps for ensuring sale of sugar at price ordered by the LHC. However, Chief Justice observed that the steps were not insight as the sugar was not available in market. CJ further observed that the government had option of Rangers to implement the courts order besides other law enforcing agencies. The court directed all the respondents to file their written replies to contempt of court petition and adjourned hearing till October 22. Meanwhile, on the request of petitioner Shafqat Chohan, the CJ directed the media personnel present in courtroom to give him all available material and television footages which petitioner wanted to establish contempt of court committed by the respondents. Petitioner had prayed to the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondents for not complying with courts orders of fixing sugar price at Rs40 per kg and uttering derogatory remarks against the court.