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Customs court seeks challan in foreign cigarettes, sheesha smuggling case

Customs court seeks challan in foreign cigarettes, sheesha smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs court directed investigation officer to complete investigations and submit charge-sheet in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty-paid cigarettes, flavoured sheesha tobacco etc.

On November 01, 2018, investigation officer of Customs Preventive appeared before the court and sought further time to complete investigations and filing of charge sheet. The court granted his request and directed him to submit charge-sheet on next date of hearing.

On last date of hearing, investigation officer submitted first information report (FIR) and informed the court that on actionable information, a team of customs department raided M/s Faheem Industries Plot No 275 Sector-27, Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi.

He stated that during the raid, customs team recovered 300 dandas (long packets) Manchester (United Kingdom) cigarettes, 350 dandas Pride King size Class-A Cigarettes tradition blend of Germany, 2250 dandas Pine Light cigarettes made in Korea, 1100 dandas Violet Slim Menthol cigarettes (for duty free sale only produced as required by the consumer in EU), 200 dandas assorted brand foreign-origin cigarettes worth Rs2,115,000.

He submitted that team also found 4900 boxes 1287.3 kilogram sheesha flavour worth Rs1,960,000, one container and one trawler bearing registration no: JT-5103 and after formalities, customs officials took all goods into custody and registered first information report. He argued that investigation in undergone and progress report will be submitted when completed.

After hearing, the court took the FIR into court record and directed him to submit challan on next date of hearing.

The case was registered for violation of under Section 2 (s) 156 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clause 89 of Section 156 (i) ibid read with Section 3 (i) of Imports & Exports Control Act, 1950.