NTS raid matter: IHC summons Director Investigation

ISLAMABAD:Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday summoned Director Intelligence & Investigation of Inland Revenue

in-person in a case regarding FBR raid on National Testing Service (NTS) Head Office. A single member bench of Justice Athir Minallah heard the petition moved by NTS management challenging the raid during which its record was seized, besides start of investigation on its official matters.

During course of proceedings, Adnan Randawa, counsel for the Federal Board of Revenue FBR apprised the court that in compliance with court orders, copies of the seized record had been handed over to the NTS management, however, original record would be in hand of the FBR to investigate the financial affairs of NTS.

Murtaza Pirzada, counsel for the NTS alleged that Inland Revenue Department seized all 45 computers, whereas financial record was saved in only 4 computers, adding rest of computers were pertaining to just test-related records.

He apprised that due to seized record, functions of the testing service had been disrupted and it was facing hurdle in the release of candidates’ results. He requested the bench to direct the authorities to return back their record which was irrelevant to the financial deeds so that results of the tests could be announced. Subsequently, the bench summoned Director Investigation to satisfy on the matter, otherwise return back the record to NTS and adjourned the matter till January 8.