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Customs Court approves bail of suspect involved in HSD Oil smuggling

Customs Court approves bail of suspect involved in HSD Oil smuggling

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted after arrest bail to suspect namely Naseer Ahmed son of Muhammad Bakhsh against the surety of Rs100,000 who was arrested in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid 23,000 liters high speed diesel (HSD).

On June 3, 2019, counsel for the accused appeared before the court and moved after arrest bail petition, he argued that his client is innocent and was falsely implicated in this case, He was arrested by customs officials and now interim charge sheet has been filed against him, therefore, court may please grant his after arrest bail.

After the hearing, court granted his bail against the surety of Rs100,000 and directed him to submit surety before office of the court and appeared before the court on next date of hearing.

According to the prosecution, on an actionable information, customs officials intercepted a Hino oil tanker bearing registration number: TTD 987 and during the hearing of said oil tanker, customs officials found 23, 000 liter high speed diesel worth Rs2,185,000 and he was asked to produce lawful documents, however, he failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after the formalities, driver was arrested and goods along with oil tanker also were taken seized by the officials of customs department.

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.