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Customs Court directs MNA Aslam Singapuri to join probe regarding tax evasion of Rs28.57m

Customs Court directs MNA Aslam Singapuri to join probe regarding tax evasion of Rs28.57m

KARACHI: The Customs Court extended pre-arrest bail of Aslam Khan allias Aslam Singapuri, elected MNA 254, who was declared proclaimed offender in a case of mis-declaration and evading the duty and taxes in the tune of Rs28.57 million to the national exchequer.

On October 18, 2018, during the hearing, above mentioned suspect appeared before the court along with his counsel, however, investigation officer and other customs officials requested the court to direct suspect to join the investigations. After the hearing, court extended his pre-arrest bail and directed him to join investigations when required by investigation officer.

It needs to be pertained here that in general election 2018, Aslam Khan elected from NA 254 Karachi known Azizabad (Nine Zero Area) on Pakistan Tahreek-Insaf’s ticket.

According to the charge sheet, customs court framed charge on accused Muhammad Azam and Hameeduddin on December 14, 1997 that “you along with absconding accused Muhammad Aslam Khan alias Aslam Singapuri, Muhammad Saleem Khan, Ch. Sajjad, Asif and Akhlaq Ahmed, in the year 1997 smuggled into Pakistan electronic goods worth Rs28.57 million in association with Pakistan Air Force personnel and under the garb of defence stores of Pakistan Air Force and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 156 (1) (8) (9) (89) and 14 read with Section 178 of the Customs Act, 1969 and within the Section 178 of the Customs Act, 1969.

Documents further revealed that on August 03, 2004 court announced judgment in this case and acquitted the above mentioned two suspects giving benefit of doubt, however, court issued non bail-able warrants absconding suspects and filed was moved to office.