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Puma Energy Pakistan moves SHC challenging demand notice for recovery of petroleum levy

KARACHI: Puma Energy Pakistan (Private) Limited has approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) and filed a constitutional petition challenging impugned demand notice for recovery of petroleum levy issued by Deputy Collector of Customs Preventive oil section.

On 29 October 2020, counsel for the petitioner stated that petitioner is an oil marketing company duly licensed under the ministry of energy and procures petroleum products from local refineries as well as imports such products for distribution throughout Pakistan.

He submitted that that petitioner challenges the demand notice dated Oct 10, 2020 issued by the Deputy Collector of Customs Preventive oil section through the impugned demand notice, it has been alleged that the petitioner has short petroleum levy and is liable to deposit the alleged short paid amount.

He further argued that the impugned demand notice is illegal as it has been issued in the absence of any prior assessment proceedings, the impugned demand notice is further illegal as the petitioner paid the petroleum levy at the relevant rate at the time filing of the goods declaration in accordance with law, whereas the impugned demand notice is illegally directing to pay the differential amount of petroleum levy as per the date of withdrawal of the goods.

Citing chairman FBR, collector of Customs Preventive and deputy collector of Customs Preventive oil section as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.

He further pleaded the court to set aside impugned demand notice and restrain them from taking any coercive measures against the petitioner till final order in this petition.

2020-10-31
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