KARACHI: A Sales Tax appellate bench of High Court of Sindh comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Aziz-ur-Rahman on Thursday reserved judgment in a petition challenging imposition of 3 per cent additional sales tax on mobile phones.

Earlier the bench heard Hyder Shaikg advocate of Franklin Law Associates who appearing for the petitioner Bawany Enterprises submitted that as per recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, no tax can be levied unless cabinet approves it or it is presented as per financial bill.

He said that levy and collection of additional sales tax on the strength of notification or SRO is illegal and in violation of orders of the apex court.

The bench after hearing counsel for respondents reserved the judgment.

Meanwhile a customs appellate bench ordered release of a consignment of toilet soap on the valuation ruling while rejecting enhanced value ordered by Director General Valuation.