Petitions by tile importers, Custom’s to submit final arguments on April 10

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Agha Faisal on Thursday affording opportunity to the counsel for Pakistan Customs to satisfy the court on law point that whether exemption is available to tile importers, adjourned further proceedings till April 10.

The bench earlier heard counsel from Franklin law Associates appearing for dozens of tile importers seeking exemption under SRO 497/2009 under which maximum duties are to the tune of 37. 5 per cent.

Kafeel Ahmed Abbasi advocate, counsel for Pakistan Customs opposing the petitions now around 150 in number was asked to satisfy on law point that can duties, taxes more than 37.5 per cent is allowed.

The counsel for petitioners relying on Ravi Spinning Mills case and Jadoon Textile Mills case said that Supreme Court of Pakistan has decided that departments cannot go beyond SRO if any exists.

The bench also hearing identical fresh petitions ordered release of consignments as an interim relief while the leading and connected petitions will be heard on April 10 when counsel for Pakistan Customs would submit final arguments and respond to queries by the court.

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