LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Friday dropped contempt of court proceedings against Federal Secretary Commerce Salman Ghani and Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mahmood after it found they had uttered no contemptuous remarks against the judiciary. The bench comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Ch is hearing contempt of court petition against government functionaries for making derogatory remarks against the LHC after it fixed sugar price at Rs40 per kg. Court is satisfied that no allegations had been levelled against them, therefore contempt notices earlier issued to them are discharged, the court held. The court, however, asked Federal Minister Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Chairman All Pakistan Sugar Mills Association Sikandar Khan and its Chairman Punjab chapter Javed Kiyani to appear again on January 14. The court also directed petitioners counsel Shafqat Chohan to produce evidence in support of allegation levelled against Wattoo and others. Earlier, Barrister Ali Zafar on behalf of Wattoo argued he was maliciously involved in a false allegation, as he had never committed a contempt of court. He said Wattoo held a press conference where he said that federal government will not only comply with the LHCs order of fixing sugar price but would extend cooperation to the provincial government. At this, the CJ remarked that federal or provincial governments never implemented courts order. Justice Sharif observed he himself had heard Wattoos statement in which he said LHC might appoint its own tehsildars to maintain sugar price. However, Barrister Zafar denied it saying no such statement had been made. The applicant Shafqat Chohan submitted that the contempt proceedings against the federal minister and other government functionaries in non-compliance with the LHC order of fixing sugar price at Rs 40 per kg. He prayed to the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondents for not complying with court orders of fixing sugar price at Rs40 per kg and uttering derogatory remarks against the court.