SC rejects petition to rein in price rise

Written by fe Bureaus | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 27 2010, 02:48am hrs
Dismissing a petition seeking a directive to rein in spiralling price rise of essential commodities in the country, the Supreme Court on Monday said it cant pass such directions to the government to check the unprecedented price rise.

A Bench headed by Justice K G Balakrishnan said, How can we give such a direction and added that the petitioner should approach the high courts of Allahabad, Bombay or Gujarat.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Home Makers Front, an organisation claiming to represent a section of housewives, had charged Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar with deliberately stalling the import of raw sugar to promote the interests of the sugar barons.

The petition said the churning price rising of essential and sensitive commodities like sugar at Rs 50, rice at Rs 50-70, wheat flour Rs 20-30, milk at Rs 30-35 per kg have become beyond the reach of aam admi .