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Importer moves SHC  challenging harassment & lodging FIR by Appraisement East

Importer moves SHC challenging harassment & lodging FIR by Appraisement East

KARACHI: Importer namely Muhammad Sajjad has approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) against lodging first information report (FIR) by Collectorate of Customs Appraisement & Facilitation (A& East for attempting to submission of fake proceeds realization certificate as well as fake verification letter to obtain clearance of used vehicles.

On 15 August 2020, counsel for the petitioner stated that on July 24, 2020 customs officials registered FIR against him and others and in the facts of FIR petitioner is not mentioned, but the accused namely Sajjad Ali is the friend of petitioner, and on this basis, the complainant/ investigation officer is calling the petitioner, hence it is apprehension of arresting the petitioner.

He submitted that the petitioner craves leaves to this court to urge and raise further and additional grounds at the time of hearing of this petition with the permission of this court, petitioner has no other efficacious remedy available for the petitioner except to knock the door of this court and protection through this petition.

He pleaded the court to declare that petitioner has no nexus with the said FIR and declare that the act of the respondents for calling the petitioner is illegal and unlawful and direct the respondents to not insert the name of the petitioner in the FIR and also not to create any harassment in respect of the said FIR.

Earlier, investigation officer had submitted FIR before the trail court and informs the court that during the investigation, it is clear that the importer Sajid Ali son of Sher Ghani with the active connivance of Anil, proprietor of M/s R.A Agency has attempted to clear used Toyota Vitz Cars by submitting fake and forget bank encashment certificate and have thus violated the section 16, 32 and 79 of the customs act, 1969 punishable under clauses 156(1) ibid read with section 3 of the import and export (control) act, 1959 and read with others allied sections of sales tax act, 1990 income tax ordinance 2001, and import policy order, 2016.

He further submitted that FIR has been lodged accordingly for in-depth investigation into the matter and to unearth the actual culprits involved in attempt to clear said vehicles by submitting fake and forged bank encashment certificate.