KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has continued the interim order by which the tax authorities were directed not to take any coercive action against the petitioner.
The court directed this on a constitutional petition filed by Muhammad Altaf son of Abdul Hameed against impugned show cause notice for enforce recovery of Rs 2.75 million.
A two-member bench, comprising Justice Irfan Sadat Khan and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan, was hearing the petition.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that the assistant, deputy commissioner Inland Revenue Unit-III Regional Tax Office-II passed an order under section 122 (1) of the Income Tax Ordinance 2009 against the petitioner, creating the demand of amounting to Rs 2.75 million.
According to the petitioner, being aggrieved, he moved and file an appeal along with stay order before commissioner Inland Revenue Appeals-I which is pending for disposal, however, during pendency of such appeal, he is being threatened by officials of the tax authorities.
Citing Secretary Revenue Division, Commissioner Inland Revenue Appeals-IV, the Commissioner Inland Revenue Unit-III Regional Tax Office the Assistant/ Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue Unit-III Regional Tax Office-II as respondents, he pleaded the court may declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
Counsel for the petitioner also pleaded the court may restrain them from taking any coercive action till final decision of the appeal.