IHC directs FBR to return NTS’s computers


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to return computers, other than those having a financial record, to the National Testing Services (NTS) which it had seized from its head office.

Justice Athir Minallah heard the petition filed by the NTS management challenging FBR’s seizure of its record and investigations against it. During the course of proceedings, the Intelligence & Investigation director of the Inland Revenue informed the court that the NTS had shown its only five accounts and concealed 10 from the tax authorities.

The FBR officials seized computers from the NTS office for carrying out a thorough investigation, he said. NTS Counsel Murtaza Pirzada said that the Inland Revenue Department officials had seized all the 45 computers, whereas financial record was saved in only four. Rest of the computers had just test related records, he said.

Due to the FBR’s move, all the activity of the testing service had been disturbed, which was facing problems to release results of the candidates, he said and requested the court to direct the Inland Revenue Department to return the computers having record other than financial matters so that NTS could announce results of the tests. The case was adjourned for an indefinite period.