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NAB to investigate ‘fake refund claims’ worth billions of rupees from 2009 to 2015

NAB to investigate ‘fake refund claims’ worth billions of rupees from 2009 to 2015

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been tasked with investigation into the release of refund and rebate claims worth billions of rupees from 2009 to 2015, it is learnt here.

Sources told Customs Today that a team of senior NAB officers met with FBR Chairman Dr Muhammad Irshad who delivered to them the six years data of the released funds.

The sources said that NAB has been directed by the federal government to investigate the matter in which billions of rupees were released on fake receipts in the light of SRO1003(I)/2011 and a circular issued by the Chief Income Tax Officer Aftab Ahmed and Member Directorate Tax Khawar Saeed Butt in 2009.

Responding to a query, the sources disclosed that the FBR has already handed over the record to the authorities concerned, adding that complete record is to be provided to the NAB authorities by the end of the current month.

The sources further revealed that the FBR chief has also appointed an officer as the “focal person” to assist the NAB investigation team.

Dr Tariq Ghani, the chief administrator, FBR, has been appointed as a focal person for assisting the NAB. The sources further hinted that the FBR officers and officials may also include into the investigation in connection with releasing fake refunds during the time period of 2009 to 2015.

Responding to a query, the sources further informed that the FBR authorities have also provided the bank accounts and service details of some FBR officers as per requisition of NAB authorities.