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Customs Court seeks progress report against M/s Hassan Steels, M/s Royal Impex & others in tax evasion scam

Customs Court seeks progress report against M/s Hassan Steels, M/s Royal Impex & others in tax evasion scam

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to complete investigation against proprietor/ owners/ partner of M/s Hassan Steels, owners/ directors/ partners of M/s Royal Impex, owners/ directors of M/s Balochistan Engineering Works, Muhammad Abdullah, owner/ partner of M/s Cosmos Trading Development and otherwho were involved in mega tax evasion scam.

On November 15, 2019, investigation officer submits first information report (FIR) against the above mentioned suspects and informed the court that during the investigation, it was revealed that above mentioned  suspects and their other accomplices all have collectively committed fiscal fraud through submission of tampered and fabricated false import documents and gross mis-declaration of the impugned goods, causing un-authorized transfer of precious foreign exchange amounting to US$ 358,740.00 from Pakistan and smuggling of Pakistani owned goods to a foreign territory i.e KEPZ besides trying to get the impugned goods cleared from customs evading government’s legitimate revenue to the tune of Rs20,285,262.

He further informed the court that they also arranged illegal and unauthorized filing of the GDs with customs on the basis of fake & fabricated signatures of the concerned clearing agent, inquiries made into the matter have further revealed that above mentioned suspects are mater mind of the scam.

He argued that efforts are underway to arrest the nominated accused persons, further investigation in progress, consequent upon expert legal opinion dated November 07, 2019 from the departmental counsel and approval of the competent authority vide its order dated November 13, 2019, FIR of the case is lodged accordingly, delay in filing of the FIR has occurred due to detailed inquiry conducted into the under reference mega scam, litigation pending with the SHC and subsequent final approval of the competent authority for filing of this FIR.

After the hearing, court taken FIR into Court record and directed him to complete investigation and submit charge sheet on next date of hearing.