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MF Enterprises, others challenge valuation ruling no 901/2016 in SHC

MF Enterprises, others challenge valuation ruling no 901/2016 in SHC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the tax authorities and deputy attorney general of Pakistan on a constitutional petition filed by M/s MF Enterprises and M/S Master Enterprises, challenging impugned valuation ruling no 901/ 2016 issued on August 4, 2016 to fix the value of toothbrushes.

While hearing the petition, a two-member bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar also directed them to file their para-wise comments on the next date of hearing. The court adjourned the hearing for January 13, 2017.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioners stated that petitioners are engaged in lawful import of toothbrushes for adults and kids from China and seriously prejudiced by the illegal and mala fide action of director of valuation, directorate of valuation and director general of valuation whereby the director of valuation, directorate of valuation has arbitrary fixed the customs value of toothbrushes for adults and children vide valuation ruling no 901/2016 on August 4, 2016 in a manner which is contrary to the law and regulations.

Citing Sectary Revenue Division, the Collector of Customs Appraisement East, Model Customs Collectorate, the Collector of Customs Appraisement West, director of valuation, directorate of valuation and director general of valuation, directorate of valuation as respondents, the importers pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.

They also pleaded the SHC to set aside impugned valuation ruling no 901/2016 and may declare that the respondents have no power to enhance the value under section 25 D of the act and restrain them from taking any coercive action against the petitioners.