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Customs Court issues notices on pre-arrest bail petition filed by Director of M/s Usman Trading Co & others

Customs Court issues notices on pre-arrest bail petition filed by Director of M/s Usman Trading Co & others

KARACHI: The Customs Court issues notices to customs department and special prosecutor of customs on pre-arrest bail petitions filed by suspects namely Chaudhary Atif Shahzad Ahsan, partner of M/s Usman Trading Co and Fazal-ur-Rehman, director/ partner of M/s Z.S. Logistic Pvt Ltd who are booked in a case of attempting to evade Rs11.39 million to the national exchequer.

On September 2, 2019, the above mentioned accused persons appeared before the court along with their counsels and moved pre-arrest bail petition and argued that their client are innocent and have been falsely implicated in this case, therefore, court may grant their pre-arrest bail.

According to the interim charge sheet the above mentioned suspects imported goods and declared as one lot used auto spare parts, SOC (Shipper Own Container) one way only cargo in transit to Islamabad via Karachi and declared description and PCT of goods as per transshipment declaration filed under Section 121 of the Customs Act, 1969 and rules made there under 1 lot of used auto parts at the value of Rs720864.

He further submitted that on credible information, customs officials examined the goods which were found old and used Suzuki vehicles having engine capacity 660CC in dismantled condition IO Japan. 76 pcs used 3,4 cylinders petrol/ diesel engine with and without gear box. 60 pcs used brake boosters, 2351.16 kgs of EAU DE toilette perfume 100ml, brand Napoleon Boss, Blue Feeling, net contents valuing Rs9.45 million.

Investigation officer stated that accused persons evaded duty and taxes in the tune of Rs11.39 million to the national exchequer and Muhammad Abid, director of M/s Z.S Logistics is in custody, however, others are still absconders.

After the hearing, court approved interim charge sheet and issued non bail-able warrants against all absconding suspects and directed investigation officer to arrest them and produce on next date of hearing.