KARACHI: Pre-admission notices were issued for May 18 to Chairman FBR, COllector Customs Appraisement East, West, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim in three identical constitution petitions filed by importers of steel sheets of primary quality.

The bench was hearing petitions filed by Shaikh Hameed & Sons, Kaam Impex Trader& Dost Muhammad through law firm Franklin Law Associates. A counsel from law firm appearing before the customs Appellate bench of SHC submitted that petioners could not file Goods Declaration as custom authorities have placed a hold and Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation (DIT) has registered a FIR 1/2020 on allegation of misdeclaration in respect of previous consignments and for recovery of duty and taxes. The counsel contended that Post Clearance Audit (PCA) has jurisdiction in case of cleared consignments after adjudication proceedings and DIT has no jurisdiction.

The bench after hearing the petitioners counsel ordered issuance of pre_admissuon  notices to respondents for May 18. In the meanwhile respondents were directed to conduct themselves strictly according to law.