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Customs court summons ex-TCS chief, others on 10th in smuggling case

Customs court summons ex-TCS chief, others on 10th in smuggling case

ISLAMABAD: Investigations into the TCS smuggling case reveal that the address mentioned in the agreement between TCS and Smart Zone company was not physically existed.

Shahidullah Jan, deputy director customs intelligence Rawalpindi Directorate who is investigating the case, has also confirmed to Customs Today that there was no such office in Peshawar.

On the other hand, Customs Special Court has summoned Smart Zone owner Shakirullah, TCS former CEO Saqib Hamdani and Logistics Manager Gazanfar Gul on September 10. All three accused were getting extensions in case hearing from the court on the basis of their lawyers’ absence. However, now the court has clearly instructed them to ensure their presence in the court on September 10 even without their lawyers.

Customs officials have prepared an application to request the court for cancelation of aspiratory bail of the accused. After cancelation of the bail, customs officials would be able to further investigate the case after taking them in their custody.

It is also revealed that Shakirullah is owner of several other companies and he imports mobiles through one of these companies. After arrest, his all companies would be investigated. It is expected that heavy fine would be imposed on TCS on the basis of evidences collected against the company. Company’s new CEO’s presence in the court on September 10 is also mandatory.

It was mentioned in the contract between TCS and Smart Zone company that the latter would provide all import related documents to the former but it was never done. After failing to submit any legal documents, Customs officials are hopeful that both the companies would heavily be fined and evaded taxes would be recovered and the seized goods would be auctioned.