SHC orders custom authorities to adjudicate dumper case within a month

KARACHI: A divisional bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Ahamd Khan on Tuesday ordered custom authorities to decide the appeals filed by the petitioner/importer of dumper trucks expeditiously within a month time.

The bench was hearing a number of identical and connected petitions filed by Eastern Construction Company pertaining to the levy of Customs Duty, Sales Tax etc.

Earlier Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate appearing for the petitioner company said that her only prayers is that the consignment be shifted to a regulated bonded warehouse.

Kashif Nazeer advocate, counsel for the Pakistan Customs said he has no objection to the request at the which the bench allowed the prayer and ordered the custom authorities to decide the appeal filed by the petitioner company “expeditiously and preferably in a month’s time”.

Mean while the same bench adjourned hearing of a petition filed by importer of poultry feed to April 12 on request of counsel for Pakistan Customs.

Earlier the counsel for petitioner who claims a concession of 17 per cent relied upon a purported clarification issued by the Federal Board of Revenue.

The counsel for respondent department sought time to go through the said clarification and sought adjournment. The bench allowing the request adjourned further proceedings till Tuesday next.

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