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M/s Pakistan Mobile Communications approaches SHC for restraining order

M/s Pakistan Mobile Communications approaches SHC for restraining order

KARACHI: M/s Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking restraining order for any coercive action from customs department.

On May 24, 2019, counsel for the petitioner stated in his petition that respondents issued a show cause notice to the petitioner alleging that the petitioner’s company by mis-declaring the PCT Heading as 8507.2010 (which is a specified hearing for ‘lead acid batteries used in telephones exchanges’ chargeable to CD@ 10% instead of the correct PCT Heading 8507.2090 chargeable to CD @20%) had deliberately and willfully evaded an amount of Rs71,850,248 (customs duty Rs56,973,264, sales tax Rs9,685,455 additional sales tax Rs1,709,198 and income tax Rs3,482,331).

He argued that being aggrieved, petitioner moved the customs appellate tribunal which is pending, however, during the pendency of the aforesaid appeal, the respondents blocked the NTN of the petitioner company without intimating the petitioner.

Citing chairman Federal Board of Revenue, collector (Adjudication-II) Collector Appraisement East and others, petitioner pleaded the court may declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.

He further pleaded the court may prohibit the respondents from taking any coercive action on the basis of the impugned order during the pendency of appeal before customs tribunal.