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Customs Court approves after arrest bail of suspects in contraband goods smuggling case

Customs Court approves after arrest bail of suspects in contraband goods smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted after arrest bail to suspects namely Ali Baksh son of Pandy Khan Baloch and Muhammad Hamid son of Haji Jumma Khan and directed them to ensure their appearance before the court on each and every date of hearing. They are involved in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid 8410 kilograms betel nuts.

On July 03, 2019, counsel for the accused moved after arrest bail petition and argued that their clients are innocent and have been falsely implicated in this case, therefore, court may grant their bail.

According to the prosecution, on an actionable information, customs team intercepted a Hino passenger bus “Sadabahar coach” bearing registration no: BSA-511 (Quetta) worth Rs4,000,000 and during the checking, customs officials found crushed betel nuts 8410 kilograms worth Rs1766100, 1000 packets containing Safia brand Indian origin gutka 105000 pouches worth Rs2,100,000, 16 packets containing Rajnigandha brand gutka containing 800 pouches worth Rs16,000, 150 tins of Rajnigandha Pan Masla (tobacco) worth Rs37500, Parachute cloth 250 rolls weighing 1581 kg worth Rs1067175, 61 rolls of Sofa cloth weighing 183 kg valuing of Rs123535 and 6 tyres constancy brand made in China worth Rs88200.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) (15) (16) of the Customs Act 1969 punishable under clause (89) of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 156 (2) of the Customs Act, 1969 further read with section 3 (1) of Imports & Export Control Act, 1950.