LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday restrained the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) from taking coercive measure against Chaudhry Sugar Mills, owned by the Sharif family, and directed the Inland Revenue (appeals) commissioner to decide an appeal of the mills within a month against the recovery of sales tax.

Representing the mills, Advocate Mudassir Shujauddin argued that the FBR sent the mills a notice for the recovery of Rs194 million under the head of sales tax. He said the mills challenged the notice before the Inland Revenue commissioner and an appeal in this regard was still pending for a decision.

The counsel said the FBR had been harassing the mills management for the recovery of the amount despite the pendency of the appeal.

Justice Shahid Jamil Khan disposed of the petition and directed the Inland Revenue commissioner to decide the appeal of the mills within 30 days.

The judge observed that no action shall be taken against the mills till the decision of the appeal.

Published in Dawn, January 23rd, 2021

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