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LHC seeks reply from Chairman FBR on Regulatory Duty

LHC seeks reply from Chairman FBR on Regulatory Duty

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued a stay order in a Regularity Duty case on imports. The court also issued notice to the Chairman FBR and sought reply.

Justice Shahid Karim heard the case in which counsel for appellant argued that the Federal Board of Revenue has imposed the extra Regularity Duty on imports. The counsel for appellant prayed that court may declare null and void the extra Regularity Duty on Imports.

After hearing the arguments from appellant, the LHC issued the stay order and sought reply from the Chairman FBR.

It is pertain to mention here that the Lahore High Court (LHC) has temporarily suspended the SRO No 1035 issued on 16th of October imposing Regulatory Duty on more than 400 imported items.

Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza heard the case against the levy of Regularity Duty on more than 400 items imported by the Government of Pakistan.

Mohsin Virk advocate appeared before the court by the appellant side and argued that the federal government has amended the Sub-Section 3 of Section 18 of the Customs Act 1969.

He further prayed that permission from the federal cabinet is necessary for the amendment in law, but the federal government has amended the law on its own will, without taking approval from the cabinet, and also imposed the Regulatory Duty on Import of more than 400 imported items. Adding more, amendment in the law without permission of cabinet is also the violation of the Supreme Court’s orders.

Counsel for the appellant prayed the court that Statutory Regularity Order (SRO) by the Federal Government regarding the Regularity Duty on imported items should be declared null and void.

After hearing the arguments from the complaint’s side, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has suspended the SRO 1035 of 16 October temporarily and issued notices to the federal government and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) with the orders to submit a reply within two weeks. The court also adjourned the hearing by next date.