FBR clarifies erroneous news reports about court case

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Tuesday clarified that the reports published in a section of press on Supreme Court proceedings with reference to CIT Sukkur versus M/s Prudential Investment Bank Limited are somewhat exaggerated and convey an erroneous impression.

“Reports published in some English and Urdu daily newspapers about proceedings on 5th December 2016 in Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan in a hearing in the case titled CIT Sukkur versus M/s Prudential Investment Bank Limited with reference to proposed disciplinary action against a senior officer are somewhat exaggerated and convey an erroneous impression,” said the FBR statement issued here on Tuesday.

The aspersions cast on the prime minister’s office through the aforementioned reports for keeping the case file pending for five months are factually incorrect and misleading, it added.

The actual position is that a summary for approval of the prime minister has been sent to Establishment Division and the Summary is still to be submitted to the prime minister for taking final decision in the matter.

It further clarified that contrary to the press reports the Additional Attorney General did not submit before the Supreme Court that the officer has been charge-sheeted and the summary sent by the FBR is pending in the Prime Minister’s office for appointing an inquiry officer.

Neither the FBR nor the Additional Attorney General submitted that any summary in the matter is pending in the prime minister’s office.

Furthermore, it is stated that the media reports claiming that the Justice Amir Hani Muslim hinted at summoning the Secretary Establishment Division and Chairman, FBR for explanation over delay in initiation of disciplinary action against the officer are also misconceived.