LAHORE - The Supreme Court yesterday took suo motu on sale of adulterated milk and water, poor food and use of steroid injection injected to buffaloes for milking and sale of substandard poultry and sought reply from the Punjab government.

A two-judge bench headed by senior puisne judge Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman took the notice on petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan party.

The bench expressed serious concerns over the facts described by the petitioner-lawyer and directed the Punjab government to submit report within two weeks. The bench also sought report from the Advocate General Punjab to submit record of a petition lying pending before the Lahore High Court for last eight years against the sale of substandard and poor mineral water. 

Barrister Khan said the citizens were being fed poison by the use of steroids for boosting milk production of buffaloes and quick growth of broiler chicken. He prayed to the court to ban use of contaminated, adulterated milk and water, sale of quick growth poultry as well as sale of injections being used for buffaloes for milking.