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Customs Court approves bail plea of suspect in diesel smuggling case

Customs Court approves bail plea of suspect in diesel smuggling case

KARACHI: Customs Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi on Saturday granted post-arrest bail to suspect namely Ahmed Ali, who was booked for trying to smuggle 25,000 liters non-duty paid foreign origin high speed diesel.

During the hearing, the suspect appeared before the court and moved the bail petition. His counsel argued that the prosecution has not provided any evidence against his client; therefore, the court may grant him bail till final judgment in the same.

After the hearing, the court granted him bail against the surety bonds of Rs 200,000 and directed him to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

Earlier, investigation officer had produced him before the court and informed that on a credible information, suspect was intercepted by Customs Collectorate Hyderbad near Toll Plaza Jamshoro along with oil tanker loaded with 25,00,000 liters HSD oil which was smuggled for its illegal disposal in open market.

After hearing his arguments, court had sent him to jail on judicial remand and directed investigation officer to submit charge sheet against him.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 156 (2) 157 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 8 & 89 of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 3 (1) of Import and Export Control Act, 1950.