Customs amends section 221-A of Customs Act 1969 SC disposes of departmental appeals in RD cases

KARACHI: A full bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hasan disposed of appeals filed by Customs department after its counsel told the bench that on account of developments and amendements in the relevant provisions of law, the present matters have become infructuous.

The appeals by Pakistan Customs were directed against an order of a Customs Appellate bench of Sindh High Court which declared Regulatory Duty as invalid.

The apex court bench while disposing of the appeals clarified that any observation made or finding given in the impugned judgment on the basis of erstwhile law shall not cause any prejudice to the appellants/petitioners.

Further in case at any point in time, the question of validation of amended law or SRO (s) is raised before any court of competent jurisdiction, the same shall be decided on its own merit, the bench ordered.

The customs department moved swiftly to get the amount lying with the Nazir of the Sindh High Court released.

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