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Shaheen Air, others receive notices in Rs 4,145m tax evasion case

Shaheen Air, others receive notices in Rs 4,145m tax evasion case

KARACHI: The Collectorate of Customs Adjudication-I has issued show-cause notices to Shaheen Air International Limited Chairman Ehsan Ali Sehbai, Procurement & Logistics Director Syed Yousaf, Airline Operations Director Faisal Rafiq, Legal Services Director S M Anwar, Shaheen Air International Limited Assistant Legal Advisor Abriaz Ali Khan and scrap dealers Altaf and Basharat on their alleged involvement in Rs 4,145 million tax evasion by importing 47 aircraft illegally against different lease agreements and dismantling, removing and scrapping of 12 air crafts.

According to details, the show-cause notices have been sent on the addresses of the accused persons, however, show-cause notice of a scrap dealer Altaf has been returned back due to wrong address.

It is pertinent to mention that the Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive in its contravention report has leveled the charges against Shaheen Air International Limited, stating that the airline has committed an offence under Section 2(s), 32(2) & 79 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 8, 14 &47 of Section 156(1) ibid read with the Sales Tax Act, 1990, Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 and Prevention of smuggling Act, 1977.

Moreover, Customs Adjudication-I has fixed the date of August 26 for hearing of tax evasion case against Shaheen Air International and others.