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Customs Court approves pre-arrest bail of two accused in mis-declaration case

Customs Court approves pre-arrest bail of two accused in mis-declaration case

KARACHI: The customs court granted interim pre-arrest bail to suspect namely M Faisal alias Faisal Momon son of M Hussain Kahtri, who was booked in two different cases of mis-declaration.

On September 11, 2019, the above mentioned suspect appeared before the court along with his counsel and moved two bail petitions, he argued that the name of the present accused is neither appearing in the FIR, nor in the interim charge sheet, therefore, matter requires further inquiry, lastly he requested that applicant accused may be granted bail before arrest.

After the hearing, court granted him pre-arrest bail against the surety of Rs300,000 each in two cases, court also issued notices to customs department and special prosecutor of customs department and directed suspect to appear before the court on next date of hearing for conformation or otherwise.

According to the charge sheet, suspects namely Muhammad Hasan, manager of M/s Allied Xpert Logistics, Adeel Munir, proprietor of M/s Arham & Co, Mehndi Lal, Uzair Ahmed, Muhammad Ahmed attempted to clear a huge number of cellular mobile phones under the garb of mis-declaration made in bills of lading, which was imported from UAE.

He further informed the court that during the investigation, it was revealed that said suspects imported goods and declared as pallets garment accessories, pallets disperse dyes, cartons coal and pallets refrigerator parts, however, during inspection, customs department found assorted model & brand mobiles, model & brand tablets and branded batteries and evaded the duty and taxes in the tune of Rs14 million.

After the hearing, court had approved interim charge sheet and issued non bail-able warrants against absconders namely Uzair Ahmed, Muhammad Faisal alias Faisal Memon and directed investigation officer to arrest them and produce before the court on next date of hearing.

Case was registered for violation of under Section 2 (s) 156(2) 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clause 89 of Section 156(1) ibid read with Section 3(1) of Imports & Export Control Act, 1950.