RAWALPINDI: About 77,513 kanals Benami properties having worth of Rs7.384 billion have been detected in the Rawalpindi division comprising upon four districts Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal and their cases referred to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for further investigation in the light of Benami Act 2017.
According to Dawn news reports it has been found that Rawalpindi division is the first division that initiated action again Benami properties by filing references to FBR.
According to commissioner retired Capt Muhammad Mehmood, the 49 suspicious properties were identified by Districts Administration of Rawalpindi Division and 22 Benami properties were reported to provincial government and FBR by local citizens.
He further said that about 7000 kanals were reported as Benami properties which belong to Senator Chaudhry Tanveer as a result of purchasing in the name of his persona gunmen and servants. Mr. Mehmood said that Prime Minister Imran Khan directed all deputy commissioners across the country to find benami properties under their administrative control as they are the custodian of district revenue record.
Firstly, the suspicious properties will be reported to FBR and taxation deputy commissioners will further check the ownerships and the appeals can be submitted to taxation commissioners. However, if appeal be rejected than the applicant would also have access to High Court.
The government has established three zones of FBR to handle benami properties in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad that will work for whole country.
As the suspicious property found the incumbent after completion of revenue record, registered deeds and other connecting documents will file a reference before the adjudicating authority within 90 days.
So far as six references have been filed against benami properties and all these related to Rawalpindi division.