KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the Customs department and deputy attorney general on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Conveyor System International against enhancement of valuation consignment of roller chain by Collector of Customs Appraisement West.
While hearing the petition on November 15, 2018, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, also directed them to file their para-wise comments on next date of hearing.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner stated in his constitutional petition that petitioner is seriously aggrieved and highly prejudiced by the actions of the respondents, whereby, the above-mentioned respondent is assessing the imported consignment of the roller chain duty and taxes on the basis of the valuation ruling No 1268/2018 the impugned valuation ruling issued by the director of customs valuation working under DG Valuation, despite the fact that the impugned valuation ruling is not sustainable in the eyes of the law and has accordingly been challenged by the petitioner under section 25D of the act.
Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Chief Collector of Customs South, Collector of Customs Appraisement West and DG Valuation as respondents, importer pleaded the court to declare that the impugned circular dated 22/11/17 is unlawful, confiscatory, arbitrary and ultra-virus the scheme of the Customs Act, 1969, the Customs Rules, 2001 and fundamental rights of the petitioner enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973.
Counsel also pleaded the court to restrain the respondents from any coercive action against the petitioner in respect of the past and closed consignments.