ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has notified adjudication authorities for Benami cases with immediate effect. The adjudication authorities have been set up at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
The FBR issued a notification on Saturday stating that consequent upon approval of the federal government and in pursuance of Section 6 of Benami Transactions (Prohibition Act) 2017, adjudication authorities are hereby established and notified at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad with immediate effect.
Section 6 of the Benami Transactions (Prohibition Act) 2017 explained the adjudicating authority as:
01. The federal government shall, by notification, in the official gazette, appoint one or more adjudicating authorities to exercise jurisdiction, powers and authority conferred by or under this Act.
02. Adjudicating authority shall consist of a chairperson and at least two other members.
03. A person shall not be qualified for appointment as the chairperson or a member of the adjudicating authority, unless that person:
a. is or has been a member of the Inland Revenue Service and has held the post of Chief Commissioner Inland Revenue or equivalent post in that service; or
b. is or has been a member of any federal service and has held the post of additional secretary or equivalent post in that service.
The chairperson and the other members of the adjudicating authority shall be appointed by the federal government in such a manner as may be prescribed.
The federal government shall appoint the senior most member to be the chairperson of the adjudicating authority.