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IHC adjourns hearing of customs reference filed against Smart Zone

IHC adjourns hearing of customs reference filed against Smart Zone

ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday dated in office the hearing of a customs reference filed by Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation, Islamabad. Justice Aamer Farooq heard the matter and dated in office for further arguments next week.

Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation had challenged an announcement made by the Customs Appellate Tribunal before the court.

Earlier, the IHC bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had heard the case. The FBR field office had filed customs case against M/s Smart Zone (Private) Limited and others. The same bench also issued notices to parties regarding assisting court on the matter of M/s Hasas Engineering and Construction Company (Private) Limited.

The appellant had challenged the act of recovery of the said amount by commissioner Inland Revenue of Large Taxpayer’s Unit, Islamabad.

ATIR was also made respondent in the case as the tribunal had sustained departmental decision regarding issuance of show cause notice and demand of recovery of outstanding tax amount in head of federal excise duty (FED).

M/s Hasas Engineering and Construction Company Private Limited had prayed the court that FBR office had issued a recovery notice to the company which did not hold lawful grounds.

The appellant had prayed the court to declare the act as illegal and without any lawful authority and an interim stay may be granted against recovery proceedings.

M/s Hasas Engineering and Construction Company Private Limited had also mentioned that departmental obligations were not met amid processing the notice of recovery demand while later the adjudication did not address grievances of the appellant.