KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed customs officials to file their para wise comments on a constitutional petition filed by Syed Hamid Shah seeking restoration of its clearing agent’s license blocked by customs officials due to alleged involvement in tax evasion.
A two-member bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, was hearing the matter on August 13, 2018.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner stated that petitioner is working as data entry operator for the last over 20 years and always fulfills all the legal formalities and never involved in any criminal or tax evasion case.
Counsel further argued that petitioner was shocked when he was informed by the customs officials that his clearing agent’s license has been blocked by customs authority due to his involvement in tax evasion. He submitted that clearing agent’s license has been blocked without following legal procedure and issuing show cause notice.
Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Collector of Customs Collectorate Appraisement West and others as respondents, he pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
Petitioner also pleaded the court to direct them to restore its clearing agent’s license and restrain them from taking any coercive action against the petitioner till final order in this case.