CNG equipment Sales Tax recovery case: Hearing deferred till March 22

KARACHI: The hearing of a constitutional petition filed by Hingorja CNG station was deferred till March 22 here Monday as the counsel for Pakistan Customs and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) sought time to file comments.

An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Yousuf Ali Sayeed on a previous date of  hearing has restrained the Pakistan Customs from forcing a CNG pumping station to pay Sales Tax of Rupees 2.7 million. The petitioner challenged a demand raised by Custom asking the petitioner to pay the money through a pay-order against the tax exemption facility availed by the petitioner.

The Custom maintains that as OGRA has not issued final license to the petitioner, his entitlement to avail the tax exemption also barred under the relevant laws. The court has asked the respondent officials from securing  the money and also asked OGRA to decide the issue of license to the petitioner who was represented by Haider Sheikh Advocate of Franklin Law Associates under instructions from CEO Fasial Ghani.

The bench today allowing the request by respondents while deferring hearing till March 22observed that it was last adjournment.

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