FTO sends senior official to jail on contempt charges

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Tax Ombudsman FTO Dr Shoaib Suddle on Monday convicted and sentenced Additional Commissioner Inland Revenue Faisalabad Muhammad Saleem to undergo imprisonment for three months with a fine of Rs50, 000 on the charges of contempt of court.

Muhammad Saleem was charged for committing contempt of court by using derogatory language and causing obstructions in the process of Federal Tax Ombudsman in granting relief to the taxpayers. Saleem was thus, was issued a show cause notice of contempt, a statement of FTO Secretariat said.

It said instead of filing reply to the show cause, Saleem resorted to prefer a representation before the President of Pakistan which was dismissed. He also filed about 10 frivolous writ petitions before the High Court, which were also dismissed.

After that he tendered unqualified apology before the FTO. The FTO rejected his apology and convicted and sentenced him to simple imprisonment for three months with a Rs50, 000 fine under Section 5 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003.

Exercising powers conferred upon him under Section 16 of the FTO Ordinance read with Article 204 of the Constitution, the FTO further ordered that in default of payment of fine the Saleem will further suffer simple imprisonment for 15 days. The convict was taken into custody by police for remitting him to Adiala Jail Rawalpindi to serve out the sentence.

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