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Customs Appellate Tribunal declares ONO null & void

Customs Appellate Tribunal declares ONO null & void

LAHORE: Customs Appellate Tribunal decided the case filed by Noor Ali, a resident of Quetta against Collector of Customs, Lahore and Collector of Customs Adjudication and others.

Omer Arshed Hakeem, member judicial bench-II heard arguments from both sides and decided the case with remarks that Order-in-Original is set aside and penalty as 20 percent of the value of the vehicle is quashed.

According to the details of the case, the staff of Anti Smuggling Organization (ASO) on a credible information intercepted a truck loaded with a huge quantity of miscellaneous foreign origin goods.

On demand, the driver failed to produce documents showing the lawful import and the same were seized under the Customs Act 1969.

After show cause notice, adjudication proceeding culminated and Order-in-Original passed that vehicle should be released to the lawful owner on payment of redemption of 20 percent of the value of goods.

Being aggrieved with the order, the Appellant filed the case before the Customs Appellate Tribunal that Order-in-Original passed against the law and in a mechanical fashion without consideration of relevant facts and same is liable to set aside. On the other side, the representative of the department denied all allegations.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Customs Appellate Tribunal decided the case and quashed penalty of 20 percent of the value of the vehicle.