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LHC summons FBR chief, member Customs, AG in over Rs60b scam

 Special Correspondent

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday accepted a petition against Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)’s winding up of Internal Audit at Karachi and Lahore and issued notices to Chairman FBR, Member Custom Operations, former DG Internal Audit and Attorney General of Pakistan fixing next hearing date on November 18 before Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh.
The petitioner alleged that the Custom officers mafia who is involved in over Rs 60 billion corruption and faced no accountability, joined together against Internal Audit’s threat of detection of revenue losses.
The petitioner further alleged that the corrupt mafia colluded with Member Custom Operations in FBR, keeping the FBR Chairman in dark about the real intent behind and the actual content of SRO 1114 (I)/2019 dated September 20, 2019.
The petitioner said that Member Customs Jawad Awais Agha did not even consult former Director General Internal Audit on the content of SRO under the fear that the controversial SRO might get disclosed to Chairman FBR which might thwart the whole secret plan of eliminating Internal Audit.
The respondents of the petition will also be asked to reply certain serious constitutional and legal questions raised in the petition.

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