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Customs Court approves challan of betel nuts, liquor smuggling case

Customs Court approves challan of betel nuts, liquor smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court approved interim charge sheet and granted after-arrest bail to suspects namely Nawab Shahrukh son of Abdul Sattar and Gulam Moduddin son of Abdul Salam, who were involved in a case of attempting to smuggle betel nuts, liquor, etc.

On June 03, 2019, investigation officer submitted interim charge sheet against the above-mentioned suspects and informed the court that on credible information, the Collectorate regarding import of contraband goods under the garb of scrap/importable items, therefore, examination staff concerned was made vigilant during the examination, particularly for items being imported as scrap and in old & used conditions.

He further disclosed that consignment of Muhammad Adil proprietor M/s Mak Tanoli International Private Limited, Nawab Shahrukh son of Abdul Sattar, Murtaz Jan Brohi and Ghulam Monuddin was brought for examination, which was declared as used seats (made up of textile & foam with iron frame), however, during the examination, customs officials found 6000 kgs betel nuts worth Rs12,000,000; 24 bottles ( 1 liter each & 12 bottles 700 ml each) liquor worth Rs120,000 and 48 tins (490 ml each) beer worth Rs48,000.

He further informed that during the investigation, it was established that the said suspects with their associates have deliberately mis-declared description of the impugned goods, with intent to get illegal clearance of the restricted/banned goods valuing Rs12,168,000.

After the hearing, the court approved interim charge sheet, however, during the hearing, counsel for the applicants moved after arrest bail and argued that applicants are innocents and falsely implicated in this case, they are ready to face trial, and therefore, court may grant him after arrest bail.

After the hearing, the court granted their after-arrest bail against surety of Rs100,000 each and directed them to appear on next date of hearing before this court.

According to the prosecution, a case was registered for violation section 2 (s) 16, 32A, 79 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 1, 8 (i) 14A, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 86 of section 156 (i) ibid read with allied laws.