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Customs Court accepts interim challan against suspects in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court accepts interim challan against suspects in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: Customs Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi has accepted interim charge sheet against Arbab Khan, Director of M/s Docks (Private) Limited and others, who were booked for attempting to smuggle 52,158 kilogram betel nuts worth Rs. 6.9 million.

During the hearing, investigation officer of Model Customs Collectorate Apprasement West Customs House Karachi submitted the interim charge sheet against suspects Muhammad Khalid, Operational Manager of M/s Docks (Private) Limited; Sunny Raj, Project Manager M/s Docks (Private) Limited; Shehzoor Hussain, loading supervisor of  M/s Docks (Private) Limited; Syed Uzair Ali, computer operator of  M/s Docks (Private) Limited; Mansoor Ahmed, Director of M/s Docks (Private) Limited; and Arbab Khan, Director of  M/s Docks (Private) Limited and others.

The investigation officer further informed the court that during the investigation, it was revealed that the above mentioned suspects declared goods on the basis of fake NOCs of galvanized plain sheets prime and secondary quality, quantity 52050 kilograms valued at US$15094.50 equivalent to Rs1,701,468, however, during the search, officials of the customs authorities recovered 52158 kilograms betel nuts valuing to Rs6,916,151, he submitted that they also evaded the amount of duty and taxes in the tune of Rs8,57,176.

According to the interim charge sheet, names of Shahzad Ahmed, Appraising Officer Customs Collectorate Appraisement West, Hussain son of Ahmed, Sultan Mehmood and Muhammad Zafar Arshad have been mentioned in the charge sheet as witnesses of the prosecution.

After the hearing, court accepted interim charge sheet and directed investigation officer to complete the investigation and submit final charge sheet against above mentioned suspects on next date of hearing.