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Additional Collector Sumaira Omar declares seizure of Hilux Surf legal

Additional Collector Sumaira Omar declares seizure of Hilux Surf legal

FAISALABAD: Collectorate of Customs Adjudication Additional Collector Sumaira Omar has issued Order in Original No 14/2019 (ONO) by declaring seizure of foreign origin used Toyota Hilux Surf as legal in favour of the Customs ASO Sargodha.

According to details Customs ASO staff impounded a used Toyota Hilux Surf bearing registration number LOT-2977 Lahore model 1992 as per seat belt in maroon sun roof colour from Muhammad Ehsan son of Muhammad Munir resident of  Mohallah Rehmanpura near account office Katchery Road Sargodha in their action.

Customs team asked the driver to present legal documents of the said vehicle but he failed to provide any document regarding the possession of the vehicle.

The customs Anti Smuggling Organization team seized the vehicle and forwarded the case to Customs Adjudication for further legal proceedings.

Additional Collector Sumaira Omar issued a show cause notice to the accused person on the violation of Section 10-A 89(1) and 156(1) of the Customs Act 1969 punishable under Section 156(1)89 of the Custom Act and also called upon the accused to show cause as to why the said items should not be confiscated under aforementioned provisions of the law.

The Customs sent its chassis for forensic test to Islamabad laboratory. The report of forensic lab revealed that the number was bogus and not original. The report also clarified that present chassis number is not original so the case was sent for adjudication for further proceeding.

Meanwhile no one appeared to defend the case from respondent side and nor any written reply was received from the respondent side to the adjudication department.

While Inspector Mujahid Khan appeared from the prosecution side and asserted that the seized vehicle fell under the ambit of section 2(s) of the Customs Act 1969. He also asked the court to issue orders regarding the confiscation of the vehicle.

Therefore Additional Collector Sumaira Omar after reviewing the record of the case commented that the charges leveled in the show cause notice are established. He issued an ONO and ordered to impound the vehicle under Section 156(1)89(i) of the Customs Act 1969 read with Clause (a) of the preamble of SRO 499(1)/2009 as lawful for confiscation of the said vehicle.