President Alvi rejects FBR pleas in Rs1.2 billion fake invoices scam
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has disposed of 42 representations of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in the cases of bogus sales tax invoices, worth over Rs1.2 billion.
The FBR had filed the representations with the president of Pakistan, assailing the orders of the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) passed in suo motu cases, in which bogus sales tax refunds were reimbursed fully or partially by the delinquent officials of the revenue board to the fake claimants.
The huge scam was unearthed by the FBR’s Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation, Inland Revenue and the Red Alerts were issued to the field formations concerned. However, no action was initiated against the FBR officials and the fake claimants.
The FTO taking suo motu notice of the matter had issued directives to the FBR to investigate and identify the officials involved in the verification of the registered persons and initiate a disciplinary action.
In pursuance of the FTO’s recommendations and also the previous orders of the president of Pakistan passed in similar cases, the FBR constituted six fact-finding inquiry committees to deal with 130 suo motu cases regarding fake refund claims.
The Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the committees were meant to identify the wrongdoings and involvement of officials in each case, and fix the responsibility. Also, these committees were tasked to prepare a draft charge-sheet and the statement of allegations with respect to each official and submit a report to the board within 30 days.
President Alvi, in view of the findings of the committees, disposed of the representations of the FBR pertaining to the cases in which full or partial refunds were paid fraudulently.
He directed the FBR for submission of a monthly implementation report to the Federal Tax Ombudsman’s Secretariat till the completion of the action on each case.
He also directed to afford an opportunity of show-cause and hearing to the official in case of any departmental action proposed against him, to satisfy the requirement of the due process and the principles of natural justice.
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