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Customs Court seeks final challan in mobile smuggling case

Customs Court seeks final challan in mobile smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to complete investigations and submit final charge-sheet against suspects Taj Muhammad son of Baig Muhammad and others, who are allegedly involved in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid mobile phones etc.

On December 17, 2018, during the hearing, investigation officer appeared before the court and sought further time to submit final challan. Therefore, the court extended bail to suspects and adjourned the matter. The court also directed investigation officer to complete investigations and submit final challan on next date of hearing.

According to the FIR, on an actionable information, a customs team intercepted a Toyota Hiace van bearing registration no: JF-9264 near the Moachko Choke Point RCD Highway, Karachi. During the search, customs officials found 108 QMobile phones SP-2000 & SP 3000 valuing at Rs216,000,  59 Nokia 3310 mobile phones worth Rs236,000, 432 Nokia assorted brand mobile phones worth Rs648,000, 1050 packets of assorted brand Indian gutka 88500 pouches, 117 kg valuing at Rs1,327,500, 12 SISCO satellite receiver made is China, model D-9865 valuing at Rs36,000, 02 cartons containing SPARK chocolate, made in Iran, 56 kilograms worth Rs14,840 from the said Toyota Hiace.

Investigation officer had informed that the arrested accused was asked to produce lawful documents; however, he failed to produce any lawful documents; therefore, goods were seized and shifted to Customs House and suspect also was arrested and investigation of the case is continuing and complete whereabouts of consignors and consignees of the seized goods are to be obtained from M/s Leopards Courier Service, the role of staff of the M/s Leopard Service is also under scrutiny therefore, it is prayed the further time may please be granted under section 344 CR PC.

The case was registered for violation of under Section 2 (s) 156 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 89 of section 156 (1) ibid read with Section 3 (1) of Imports & Exports Control Act, 1950.