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Customs Court approves interim charge sheet against M/s China Gift Centre & others

Customs Court approves interim charge sheet against M/s China Gift Centre & others

KARACHI: The Customs Court accepted interim charge sheet against Muhammad Idress son of Malik Abdul Majeed, proprietor of M/s China Gift Centre, Muhammad Hamza, Muhammad Idress, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Yasin, Qaiser Abbas, Muhammad Ahsan and others, who are booked in a case of mis-declaration of goods in respect of description, PCT heading and quantity.

On October 12, 2019, investigation officer of Appraisement East submitted charge sheet and informed the court that during the investigation, it was revealed that the above mentioned suspects have attempted to commit offence of mis-declaration of description, PCT headings and quantity of imported goods for evasion of Rs4,861,490. All accused persons jointly submitted for trail before the court for committing offence of fiscal fraud and illegal fund transfer abroad as defined under section 32A & 32C of the Customs Act, 1969.

He further submitted that suspects declared their consignment as used clothing shippers load stow and count, however, during the examination, customs officials found new polyester prayer mat of assorted colours packed in PP bags.

Investigation officer further said that suspects Muhammad Idress, Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Yasin are in custody of NAB Karachi and NAB also doing investigation regarding money laundering scam from them.

After the hearing, court approved interim charge sheet and directed him to complete investigation and submit final charge sheet on next date of hearing.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section 2(s) 16, 32, 32A, 32C, 79 (1) of the customs act, 1969 punishable under clauses 8, 9, 14, 14A, 14B, 43, 44, 45 & 46 of section 156 (1) ibid read with section 3(3) of the import and export (control) act, 1950 and read with others allied sections of Sales Tax Act 1990 and Income Tax Ordinance 2001.