ISLAMABAD - Bahria Town on Tuesday filed intra court appeal challenging the IHC verdict in favour of Shoaib Suddle Commission in Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The country’s renowned legal expert Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan filed intra court appeal on behalf of Bahria Town stating that that Shoaib Suddle Commission has no powers to summon tax record of Bahria Town from Federal Bureau of Revenue. Aitzaz Ahsan, on behalf of Bahria Town, prayed on Tuesday that Islamabad High Court’s single bench verdict in this respect be declared null and void. Earlier, Islamabad High Court bench comprising of Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan asked authorities of FBR to comply with the directives of Suddle Commission.  The IHC verdict prompted Bahria Town administration to file an intra court appeal against verdict delivered by single bench of IHC. It is pertinent to mention that Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan of the IHC last dismissed an application of Bahria Town that they filed against the directives of Shoaib Suddle Commission to submit income tax details.

 Earlier, Bahria Town (Pvt) Ltd had challenged these directives before the IHC bench through its counsel Syed Tauqeer Bokhari Advocate while describing these orders as illegal.

Giving reference of Section 176 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001, Bahria Town had told Islamabad High Court that only Inland Revenue commissioner could issue notices seeking the income tax details, and that seeking such information by any other is illegal and in violation of the Articles 04, 09, 10A, 14, 18, 19A and 24 of the Constitution.

The petitioner told the court that the directives by the Suddle Commission had caused mental agony to him, adding that the directives were also in contraventions of Section 216 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001. The petitioner had prayed to the court to declare these orders as unlawful.

The IHC bench, while hearing the case, directed the petitioner to put the same matter before the Shoaib Suddle Commission.