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Customs Court accepts interim challan against suspects in smuggling case

Customs Court accepts interim challan against suspects in smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court accepted interim charge sheet against suspects Rehan, Sarfarz Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Iqbal and Sher Ali Khan, who are involved in a case of attempting to smuggle 55,800 kilograms betel nuts.

On January 9, 2019 investigation officer submitted interim challan and informed the court that on an actionable information customs officials intercepted three Mazda mini trucks bearing registration nos: PS-3684, PX-3786 and JZ-0935 near Chawala Godown, Main Hawks Bay Road, Mauripur Road, Karachi and during the search, customs team recovered 930 gunny bags each weighing 60 kilograms, bearing marks MSH containing foreign origin betel nuts total weighing 55,800 kilograms worth Rs15,624,000.

He further submitted that during the spot, suspects were asked to produce any documents of said goods, however, they failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, customs team seized the same and suspects were also taken into custody.

He argued that in the light of investigations, it is established that the syndicates were in possession of two containers which were being utilized reportedly for the transportation of seized betel nuts stuffed therein to the local market of Karachi or some other markets in the country. Moreover, efforts are afoot to locate other three missing containers, which might have been used or planned to be used by the syndicates of above-named persons in the manners as detained herein above.

He said that as the investigation of the case is continuing so that all aspects thereto could be touched for its logical conclusion, meanwhile, the undersigned submit an interim challan to comply with the provisions contained under section 173cr.P.C.