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Customs Court takes FIR on record against M/s Ravilink Association in sales tax fraud scam

KARACHI: The customs court took first information report (FIR) against Kuram Zubair, owner of M/s Ravilink Association and directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit progress report, suspect was nominated for committing tax fraud by claiming illegal input/ obtaining sales tax refund on the strength of fake and flying invoices and false zero-rated supplies without havy any manufacturing facility.

On 27 November 2020, investigation officer informed the court that during the investigation, it was found that accused person fraudulently got the sales tax registration as manufacturer whereas the said person does not have any manufacturing facility and does not exist at declared business address and claimed and got sales tax refund fraudulently on the strength of fake/ flying invoices where the description of goods does not match with the nature of business of the accused person.

He further submitted that the suspect has no proof of payment/ receipt of purchase and supplies to justify the huge volume of purchase and supplies. Suspect with other buyers/ suppliers has caused loss to the national exchequer to the tune of Rs3.168 million in violation of the provisions of section 2 (9) 2 (37) 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 22, 23, 26, 37 and 73 of the sales tax act, 1990 and other related laws.

Investigation officer further submitted that the first information report (FIR) is lodged accordingly, further investigation in respect of owners of declared premises, buyers, suppliers and proprietor are in progress.

After the hearing, court took FIR into court record and directed him to complete investigation and submit charge sheet on next date of hearing.

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