Supreme court should protect taxpayers: Justice Umar Ata

ISLAMABAD: Justice Umar Ata Bandial, who is one of supreme court three member bench hearing petition filed by PMLN Hanif Abbasi against Jahangir Tareen and Imran Khan said that Supreme Court should protect the taxpayers.

“I am saying on my own behalf that we should protect the taxpayers,” Justice Bandial told the court. “If a person is paying taxes and he is the highest taxpayer and we as the apex court decide the matter on the basis of assumption, then what would be left for him,” he remarked.

The remarks came as Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, the counsel for Tareen, told the bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, that his client was the highest taxpayer among parliamentarians and he was also the first to voluntarily pay the agriculture tax.

The court asked Tereen to submit complete revenue records for authentication of 18,564 acres land, which he got from various persons on lease. It also asked Tareen’s attorney to submit revenue records of the leased land to examine his agriculture income in 2010-11.