Lahore High Court strikes down FBR notices in AML investigations

The Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday struck down hundreds of notices issued by the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) to various people in anti-money laundering investigations.

At least 382 petitioners approached the court after they were summoned by
the FBR.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza ruled that the FBR could not summon people in an
anti-money laundering probe without providing a valid justification.

The court approved the petitions against FBR notices. However, it rejected
the requests to dismiss the cases registered by the bureau.

The court also declared that failure to provide details of bank accounts in
tax returns did not constitute a crime and that the FBR cannot hear cases
registered before 2020.

The court further said that FBR violated the law by directly issuing
notices.

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