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IHC adjourns hearing of customs cases filed against field offices of FBR

IHC adjourns hearing of customs cases filed against field offices of FBR

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) benches held hearing of various customs cases during second week of October involving field offices of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

In this regard, the IHC bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz and Justice Mohsin Akhtar dated in office the hearing of M/s Pakhtoon’s customs case and directed parties to provide record pertaining to the case prior to the next date of hearing. The appellant had filed the case against Collectorate of Customs, Islamabad.

The bench also directed FBR field office, MCC and the appellant to submit record on the case in order to assist the court.  Justice Aziz’s single bench also heard another customs case filed against MCC by Ehsan ur Rehman.  Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan relisted a customs reference for hearing.

IHC bench issued directives in this regard while hearing a case against Customs Appellate Tribunal. M Zubair, the appellant had challenged tribunal’s decision before the bench.

Meanwhile, the bench dated in office hearing of M/s Dancom Pakistan’s case. M/s Dancom Pakistan had filed the case challenging an announcement made by the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (ATIR)-through which it had sustained decision announced by the department’s adjudication pertaining to the show cause notice to M/s Dancom Pakistan for outstanding tax recovery.

Through both the references, M/s Dancom Pakistan had named chief commissioner Inland Revenue, LTU, assistant commissioner Inland Revenue Withholding, LTU, commissioner Inland Revenue (Appeals), LTU, and Federation of Pakistan through the chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) as respondent in the case.

Show-cause notices had been issued for the tax year 2016 under the head of income tax under sections of income tax ordinance, 2001.

M/s Dancom Pakistan had prayed the court to direct LTU not to recover the said amount and abstain from any coercive action in this regard.

The petitioner had prayed the court that impugned notices issued by the tax authority may kindly be suspended till the decisions of appeal pending before the LTU.