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Customs court frames charge in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs court frames charge in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court framed charge against suspect namely Abdul Wali son of Amir Muhammad, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid betel nuts etc.

On 25 June 2020, investigation officer of Customs Preventive ASO, counsel for customs department and counsel for suspect appeared before the court, during the hearing, court started further proceedings and frame charge against the above mentioned suspect and called prosecution witnesses for next date of hearing.

According to the charge sheet on actionable information, customs officials intercepted Hino truck trailer bearing registration: No TLT-569 and recovered 400 pp bags of betel nuts each containing 25 kg, total 10,000 kg valuing of Rs8,000,000.

Investigation officer said that during the checking, suspect was asked to produce lawful documents, however, he failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, suspect was taken into custody along with goods and vehicle.

After the hearing, court approved charge sheet, during the hearing, the suspect filed after arrest bail application and argued that he is ready to face trail, therefore, court may grant his bail till final judgment in this case.

After the arguments of both side, court granted against the surety against Rs100,000 and directed him to appear on next date of hearing or otherwise.

According to the prosecution, case was registered against them 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.