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Tax evasion: Customs Court seeks charge sheet against M/s Khan Enterprises, M/s M.M Trading Co & others

Tax evasion: Customs Court seeks charge sheet against M/s Khan Enterprises, M/s M.M Trading Co & others

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against Zafar Iqbal of M/s Khan Enterprises, Mehmood Iqbal of M/s M.M Trading Co, Qaiser Abbas, Muhammad Idress, Muhammad Ali, clearing agents Imran Khan and Aslam alias Aini, financer, perpetrators, abettors of goods, who were nominated in Rs 5.20 million tax evasion scam.

On 5 November 2019, investigation officer of Appraisement West submitted that in the light of new evidence of amendment in the consignee name it stands proved that instant container bearing no MRKU-5923811 was initially booked in the name of M/s M.M Trading Co on 7 August 2019 when the container was forwarded on the vessel “Eleonora Maersk” from port of loading i.e London Gateway Port, and name was changed from M/s M. M Trading Co to M/s Khan Enterprises Karachi and after 23 days from the shipment till change/correction in the consignee name it reached at transshipment port of Jebel Ali.

He further submitted that the change in the name was prima-facie, a deliberate attempt on part of the actual beneficiary to avoid criminal proceedings and deliberate/willful concealment of facts/record. He said that if the change in the name of consignee could have not explored, the criminal proceedings could be confined and limited to the consignee M/s Khan Enterprises. In view of new indiscriminate evidence against them it is established beyond any iota of doubt that above mentioned importers and others have planned an attempt to clear the impugned consignment with malafide intention.