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Rs450m vehicle amnesty scam: Entire customs staff may face inquiry

Rs450m vehicle amnesty scam: Entire customs staff may face inquiry

KARACHI: The 3-member fact-finding committee comprising MCC Exports Collector Dr Wasif Memon, Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation-Customs Karachi Additional Director Khalil Yousufani and Additional Director Audit in its report has recommended a complete audit of bank accounts all customs officials including officers deployed in Vehicle Group (Group-VII) during the period of Vehicle Amnesty Scheme.

According to sources in FBR, the fact-finding committee, constituted by the competent authorities of Federal Board of Revenue to investigate shortfall of Rs 450 million in share of surcharge on importation of vehicles under Amnesty Scheme, has completed its inquiry into the matter.

It may be mentioned here that around 1900 vehicles had been cleared under Amnesty Scheme and a shortfall of Rs 450 million in share of surcharge had been recorded.

FBR, owing to this constituted a 3-member fact finding committee led by MCC Exports Collector Dr Wasif Memon in order to dig out the real facts behind the entire scenario.

Furthermore, FBR asked the committee to file its final recommendations till April 30. However, the committee had failed to submit its report in stipulated time and submitted it on May 4.