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Customs Court approves pre-arrest bail of suspects in tyres smuggling case

Customs Court approves pre-arrest bail of suspects in tyres smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted after arrest bail to suspects namely Najibullah son of Abdul Khaliq and Wahid Jan son of Mula Jan, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid foreign origin tyres etc.

On 18 July 2020, the above mentioned suspects appeared before the court along with their counsel and moved joint application, counsel argued that their clients are innocents and have been falsely implicated in this case, who are ready to face trail, however, they have apprehension of their arrest, therefore, court may grant their bail till final judgment in this case.

After the hearing, court granted their bail against the surety of Rs100,000 and directed them to appear before the court on next date of hearing without fail.

Earlier, investigation officer had submitted charge sheet against the above mentioned suspects and informed that on an credible information, customs officials intercepted a Suzuki pick-up (fit with box container) bearing registration no PY-1556(Sindh) model 1993.

He further had submitted that during the search, customs officials found 30 bundles containing assorted brand foreign origin tyres of assorted size. 18 bundles having fixed 04 tyres each total 72 numbers. 12 bundles having fixed 05 tyres each total 60 Nos.

He had said that after said goods found, customs officials asked them to produce lawful documents, however, they failed to produce any lawful documents, and therefore, customs officials seized the above mentioned goods and above mentioned suspects also have been taken into customs custody.

After the hearing, court had approved charge sheet and adjourned the hearing for regular hearing and copy supply.

According to the prosecution, case was registered against them at the office of Anti-Smuggling-Organization (HQ) NMB, Wharf, Karachi for violation of under section 2(3, 7) 2(9), 2(14) (a) 3,6,7,8 (1) (a) & (d) 8A ,22(1) and 73 of the sales tax act, 1990 punishable under section 33 (3) (5) (8) (11c) (13) (16) (18) ibid.