KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) restricted customs officials from recovery of Rs13, 330, 964 on account of imported LED TV panels, parts and components on a petition filed by M/s Uniqui Industries.
On 24 March 2020 a two-member bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi was hearing the matter.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner stated in his petition that petitioner is engaged in lawful imports of LED TV panel, parts and components and registered as manufacture of domestic appliances under the income tax ordinance and sales tax act, 1990.
He further submitted that petitioner has received an illegal demand notices for the payment of regulatory duty in terms of SRO 1035/2017 wherein the petitioner was directed to make payment of Rs13,330,964 on account of imported LED TV panels, parts and components without any lawful and basis.
He argued that above demand notice, requiring the short levy amount of duty and taxes from the petitioner, has been issued without issuance of any proper show cause notice under section 32 of the customs act, 1969 and such notice is also illegal and duty and taxes are being demanded on account of passed and closed consignments, which were out of charged in the year 2017 and 2018 as per referred five goods declarations in the impugned notice and subject matter in the petition.
Citing secretary revenue division, chairman Federal Board of Revenue, collector of Customs Customs Collectorate West as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to direct the respondents/ their officers to allow provision release in the present and future consignments shipped and or to be shipped in terms of parameters laid down by this court in another matters.
He further pleaded the court to restrain them from taking any coercive action against the petitioner till final order in the constitutional petition.