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Clearing agents of M/s Ali & Co move SHC against filing of FIR

Clearing agents of M/s Ali & Co move SHC against filing of FIR

KARACHI: Clearing agents of M/s Ali & Co and others again moved the Sindh High Court (SHC) against filing of FIR no 13/2019 dated 26 October 2019 in a mega tax evasion scam.

On 29 October 2019, counsel for the petitioners namely Muhammad Ahsan, Muhammad Idress, Muhammad Ali and Qaiser Abbas filed a constitutional petition and informed the court that the above mentioned suspects are under judicial custody facing trial in criminal cases registered against the importers, wherein petitioners have been implicated on the false and frivolous allegations to whom concessions of bail have been granted to them by the customs court.

He further submitted that neither the petitioners have been authorized by the alleged importers in terms of section 208(1) of the Customs Act, 1969 in respect of home appliance and furniture stuffed in container no MRKU-5923811 nor the goods declaration has been filed under section 79 of the Customs Act, 1969 by petitioners or importers for customs clearance under section 80 read with section 83 of the Customs Act, 1969. Criminal proceedings have been lodged on allegation of commission of offence of mis-declaration of description, weight, quantity and value of goods stuffed in aforesaid container wherein the petitioners have implicated on presumption of involvement in the offence of mis-declaration.

Citing chairman FBR, Collector of Customs Appraisement West, Appraising Officer Shehzad Alam as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to quash the criminal proceedings initiated. He further pleaded the court to restrain them from taking any coercive action under the garb of criminal proceedings initiated pursuant to the impugned FIR no 13/2019.