LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Thursday sought analysis report about prices of eatable items from the District Coordination Officers of Punjab after the petrol prices fell down.

Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan of the LHC heard the case filed by a lawyer-petitioner Azhar Siddique. The judge observed that Ramazan is approaching fast but the eatables are still out of reach of a common man due to the failure of the officers.

He observed that federal secretary food was responsible to take steps for the implementation of reduced prices, so a common man could buy eatables.

The petitioner, through his petition, pleaded the court that the government be directed to take appropriate action against traders involved in black marketing, hoarding and excessive profiteering. The petitioner stated that the government miserably failed to ensure a decrease in prices of eatable items after the significant decline in petrol price. He said traders were looting the public and there was no authority to take action against them.

He requested the court to order the government to establish an independent authority for prices control and stop hoarding, to save and protect the fundamental rights of the citizens. He further requested the court for restoration of magisterial system, which was in consonance with the existing price control laws for controlling the black marketing and hoarding across Punjab.

However, a law officer requested the court to give some time to submit report about the prices of the eatables. The judge accepted his plea and adjourned further proceedings until June 15.