SHC allows petition by tea importer against change of status by ST authorities

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) allowed a constitution petition challenging change of status from manufacturer to commercial importer thus involving payment of more tax.

A counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that the respondents took the action on ground that the quantum of import do not commensurate with the packing stuff used by them. We have the sales tax registration since 2004 and have two units one each at Shershah and North Karachi. The report of visit enumerates that there were two generators, two blending machines and a number of sewing machines. The unit is  operative as we blend the imported material and market the same  under our brand name, the counsel contended.

The counsel appearing for the Sales Tax could not defend the action of the authorities as court observed that if there was any leakage they could proceed but a business shall not be closed down like this. The bench later allowed the petition seeking de-blocking of STRN.

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