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Additional Collector Asma declares seizure of non-customs paid vehicle legal

Additional Collector Asma declares seizure of non-customs paid vehicle legal

FAISALABAD: Additional Collector Customs Adjudication Asma Hameed decided a case of non-duty paid Toyota Corolla car and issued Order in Original (ONO) No 97/2018 in favor of Sargodha Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO).

Sources told Customs Today that Sargodha ASO during routine checking impounded a Toyota Corolla car bearing registration no HD 734 and asked owner Muhammad Haider Ali to produce documents showing the legal import of the vehicle but he remained failed.

After his failure ASO team impounded the smuggled vehicle under Section 16 and 18 of the Customs Act 1969. Later the case was forwarded to the adjudication department.

The Customs ASO impounded the vehicle and sent its chassis for forensic test to Islamabad Laboratory. The report of forensic lab revealed that the number was bogus and not original. The report also clarified that present chassis number is not original so the case was sent for adjudication for further proceeding.

Meanwhile during hearing no one appeared to defend the case from respondent side and nor any written reply was received to the adjudication department.

While Superintendent Chaudhary Sardar Muhammad appeared from the prosecution side and asserted that the seized vehicle fell under the ambit of Section 2(s) of the Customs Act 1969. He also asked the court to issue orders regarding the confiscation of the vehicle.

Therefore, Additional Collector Asma Hameed after reviewing the record of the case commented that the charges leveled in the show cause notice are established.

She issued an ONO and ordered to impound the vehicle under Section 156(1)89(i) of the Customs Act 1969 read with Clause (a) of the preamble of SRO 499(1)/2009.