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Customs Court approves bail of suspect in HSD smuggling case

Customs Court approves bail of suspect in HSD smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted bail to suspect namely Bilal son of Amanullah, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid 10,000 liters High Speed Diesel (HSD).

On April 11, 2019, counsel for the suspect filed bail petition and argued that applicant is innocent and falsely implicated in this case, who is ready to face trial, therefore, court may grant his bail till final judgment in this case.

After the arguments, court granted him bail against the surety of Rs100,000 and directed him to appear before the court on next date of hearing.

Earlier, investigation officer informed that on credible information, customs officials intercepted Hino flat body truck bearing registration no TMD-196 (Lasbela) and during the search, found 10,000 liters HSD from fabricated tank fixed in the container loaded on said truck.

He further informed the court that during raid, customs officials asked suspect to produce documents of goods, however, he failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, customs team seized goods along with vehicle and suspect was also taken into custody.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of Section 2(s) 16, 157 of the Customs Act, read with Section 3(1) of Imports and Exports Control Act, 1950 further read with SRO 499(1)/2009 dated 06.06.2009 and SRO 566(1)/2005 dated 06.06.2005 punishable under Clauses (8) & (89) of Section 156 (1) of the Customs Act, 1969 and Section 157 (2) of the Customs Act, 1969.