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Customs Court approves remand of suspect in HSD smuggling case

Customs Court approves remand of suspect in HSD smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court sent suspect namely Naseer Ahmed son of Muhammad Bakhsh to customs lock-up on physical remand, who was arrested in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid 23,000 liters high speed diesel.

On May 15, 2019, investigation officer produced the above-mentioned suspect before the court and informed that on an actionable information, customs officials intercepted a Hino oil tanker bearing registration number: TTD 987.

He submitted that during the hearing of said oil tanker, customs officials found 23,000 liters high speed diesel valuing Rs 2,185,000 and he was asked to produce lawful documents, however, he failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after the formalities, driver was arrested and goods along with oil tanker were seized by the officials of customs department.

He submitted that prosecution needed further investigation therefore, court may grant his physical remand. After the hearing, court sent the suspect on physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce him on next date of hearing along with progress report.

According to the prosecution, the case was registered for violation of section 2(s) 16, 157 of the customs act, read with Section 3(1) of Imports and Exports Control Act, 1950 further read with SRO 499(1)/2009 dated 06.06.2009 and SRO 566(1)/2005 dated 06.06.2005 punishable under Clauses (8) & (89) of Section 156 (1) of the Customs Act, 1969 and Section 157 (2) of the Customs Act, 1969.