FBR seeks more time to implement recommendations of FTO in a private complaint

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), responding to a show cause notice issued by the Federal Tax Ombudsman in a complaint filed by Mr Abdullah of Steel Vision, sought more time to complete probe and action in respect of an alleged altercation between two senior officials of Pakistan Customs.

The Chairman FBR and highest officers of Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigations (I&I) were summoned by the FTO for showing cause that why FTO’s recommendations were not being implemented.

The reply/response stated that FBR hasn’t received the copy of the order passed by the President of Pakistan in a representation against such recommendations.

It was also stated that complainant has no nexus with the alleged incident report filed by Deputy Collector, Pakistan Customs. KEPZ, Mr Ali Ejaz against officiating Superintendent Dost Mohammad, Directorate of I&I, Karachi. The said incident occurred outside the court of Customs Appellate bench which heard a petition filed by Steel Vision and others.

The response is also accompanied by a written statement submitted by an  eye witness and retired Principal Appraiser Shahid Dasti who held complainant DC Ali Ejaz of starting the altercation which remained verbal.

The response said that necessary parties have been heard and their statements have been recorded while private complainant failed to appear before the probing officers of Pakistan Customs despite given multiple opportunities.

The response letter also sought transfer of the matter from Karachi to Advisor (Customs) FTO Islamabad or Lahore for transparent, unbiased hearing.

According to private complainant, the request for more time by custom authorities has been allowed and now matter is fixed for hearing on Sept 23.

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