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Betel leaf import scam: NAB hands over Rs3.5m cheque to Lahore Customs

Betel leaf import scam: NAB hands over Rs3.5m cheque to Lahore Customs

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore’s Director Investigation, Amjad Majeed Aulakh handed over Rs 3.5 million cheque to an official from Lahore Customs Department.

According to NAB spokesman, NAB Lahore has been probing customs duty evasion cases regarding import of betel leaf from Sri Lanka and India against the officials of Lahore Customs Department, importers and clearing agents etc. It was alleged that during import of betel leaves at Lahore airport, duty was embezzled by the importers in alleged connivance with clearing agents and officers of customs which caused huge loss to national kitty.

The investigations revealed involvement of M/s Aqeel Enterprises as an import firm which was engaged in the import of betel leaf during the tenure of 2009-12. The firm allegedly embezzled Rs894,243 which has been recovered through Plea Bargain Law.

Further, investigations reveal involvement of M/s Ikram Traders and M/s LSK Traders in the same case of allegedly committing a loss worth Rs1,863,742 and Rs741,971respectively which has been recovered through Plea Bargain Law.

Whereas, the recovered amount has been handed over to the Customs official for submission in national exchequer.

At this moment, Lahore NAB Director General Shahzad Saleem reviewed his commitment to deal all the corrupt elements with an iron hand and to recover all the looted money from them in any way.