KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed parties to file their respective para wise comments for August 11, 2017 on a constitutional petition filed by Mustafa son of Luqman Ali, sole proprietor of M/s Al-Hussain Traders against nomination of his name in alleged tax fraud case and apprehension of arrest.
A two-member bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar was hearing the petition. During the hearing, counsel for the customs department and petitioner appeared before the court and requested time for filing the comments, therefore, the court adjourned the matter for August 11, 2017.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that M/s Al-Hussain Traders are engaged in wholesale distribution of iron and steel products/ general order supplies since 07/07/1999. The petitioner purchases goods from registered persons and pays the tax which is levied and collected by the suppliers as a registered agent of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and fulfils all liabilities properly.
According to the petitioner, however, the tax department lodged the FIR against him and claimed that petitioner is involved in tax evasion, he informed the court that he produced all relevant documents before concerned authority but they denied and threatening to the petitioner illegally and investigation officer also threatening to him for his arrest.
Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Director Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation-IR, chief commissioner Inland Revenue, Regional Tax Office (RTO) and others as respondents, he pleaded the court restrain them from any action including arrest, detention, recovery or interfering with the rights and liberties or business the petitioner in any manner whatsoever.