RECOVERY OF DUTY, TAXES WORTH RS 940 MILLION Lucky Cement case now on Oct 3, assessment order summoned

KARACHI: A division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Anan Chaudhry asked Pakistan Customs to file an assessment order made 25 years back in the case of machinery imported for the cement manufacturing plant.

The bench was hearing an application filed by Pakistan Customs seeking permission of the court to recover Rs 940 million payable by the Lucky Cement.

Masooda Siraj advocate appearing for Pakistan Customs submitted that therespondents have lost the case in Supreme Court of Pakistan and their review application was also dismissed. The respondents are denying the fact that the consignment imported by them was duly examined and assessed and also the duty and taxes were determined while concessions claimed under SRO’s were denied to them.

The denial about assessment was just to further delay the payments, she argued.

The bench said that if an assessment order was passed, ity must be in record of the applicant/petitioner. The bench then asked the customs side to place on record the disputed assessment order. The bench with the above direction adjourned further proceedings till Oct 03.

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