KARACHI: Collectorate of Customs Appraisement West has submitted a first information report (FIR) before the customs court against absconders, owner/ partner of M/s Arham and Co, Lahore, Ahmed Mirza, Head (CSD) M/s AICT, Mehdi Sherwani, Manager (CSF-Shed) M/s AICT, Muhammad Hasan, Operation Manager, M/s Allied Xpert Logistics and others who were booked in a mega tax evasion case.
During the hearing, investigation officer submitted the FIR against the suspects and information that the customs officials approached M/s AL-Hamd International Container Terminal, Karachi, and recovered mobile phones, tables and batteries from a container.
The investigation officer informed the court that the suspects imported mobile phones, tablets and batteries in the garb of garments accessories, adding that the goods worth Rs 60 million were seized. The amount of duties and taxes involved is Rs 14 million, he said.
After his arguments, the court took the first information report on record and directed the investigation officer to complete investigations and submit charge sheet against the suspects.
Case was registered for violation of 2 (s), 16, 32, 43 to 45, 138, 155D, 155E, 155H, 1551 and 178 of the customs act, 1969, read with SRO 566 (1)/ 2005 dated 06/06/2005 and section 3 (1) of the imports and exports (control) act, 1950 punishable under clauses 8, 9, 14, 100 & 101 of section 156 (1) of the customs act, 1969, read with section 3 (3) of the sales tax act, 1990 and section 148 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2000, further read with appendix-B of import policy order.