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Customs Appellate Tribunal dismisses appeal filed by Directorate I&I-FBR Lahore

Customs Appellate Tribunal dismisses appeal filed by Directorate I&I-FBR Lahore

LAHORE: The Customs Appellate Tribunal has dismissed an appeal in a case of seized foreign origin tyres, cloths, electric irons and soaps filed by Deputy Director, Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation-FBR Lahore, against one Tawab, a resident of Peshawar.

Muhammad Shabbir Gujjar, Member Judicial Bench-I, heard the parties and announced the order with remarks that the impugned order is modified to the extent that department has failed to point out any infirmity in the said order passed by the earliest judicial forum so instant customs appeal, being devoid of merit, is dismissed.

Staff of the Intelligence and Investigation-FBR Lahore seized abovementioned items being transported from Peshawar to Lahore.

On demand, the driver failed to produce documents regarding the lawful import of goods confiscated under Section 171 of the Customs Act-1969.

After a show cause notice, adjudication proceeding was concluded by the authority and Order-in-Original was passed that the person appeared on behalf of the impounded goods failed to produce the record of payment of taxes and duties and was also charged Rs1.1 million in taxes and duties.

Being aggrieved from the order, the appellant filed the case before the learned collector of customs (Appeals) who adapted the ONO and passed the order to decrease fine amount.

Respondent department, being aggrieved from the order, filed the case in the Customs Appellate Tribunal on the grounds that the challenged order was passed in a mechanical fashion and without appreciation of evidence and pleas of the appellant.

After hearing the arguments from both parties, the Customs Appellate Tribunal, deciding the case, dismissed the appeal.