LAHORE – Dismissing petitions against appointment of Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) Dr Shoaib Suddle, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Wednesday issued contempt notice to an additional commissioner (Inland Revenue) of Federal Board of Revenue for concealing facts in the petitions.

The court also directed Additional Commissioner Muhammad Salim to appear in person on October 31 and submit reply. Salim had filed the petitions challenging appointment of Shoaib Suddle as FTO.

Representing the FTO, Advocate Ehsan Khokhar appeared before the court and said the petitioner had filed many petitions at various benches of the Lahore High Court. He said the act of the petitioner was unlawful and was to harass the FTO conducting probing illegalities against the petitioner.

He added petitioner Salim had concealed the facts in the petitions and leveled fake allegations against the FTO.

The chief justice asked the petitioner’s counsel to call Salim for proving his allegations against Shoaib Suddle. However, the petitioner was not present in the courtroom. His counsel informed the chief justice that he was not fit and doctors had advised him for rest.

The chief justice rejected the statement and observed the petitioner filed frivolous petitions and concealed the facts as well. He issued contempt notice to additional commissioner and summoned him on next date of hearing. The court also dismissed two more petitions against Shoaib Suddle.