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Customs Court approves bail of suspect in smuggling of glassware, crockery

Customs Court approves bail of suspect in smuggling of glassware, crockery

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted bail to suspect namely Siddiqui Ullah son of Saleh Jan, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid Iranian glassware/crockery, betel nuts, etc.

On August 19, 2019, counsel for the above-mentioned suspect moved after arrest bail petition and argued that interim charge sheet has been filed in which no main role is mentioned regarding my client, who is innocent and has been falsely implicated in this case.

After the hearing, court granted after arrest bail against the surety of Rs200,000 and directed suspect to appear before the court on next date of hearing without fail.

According to the interim charge sheet of Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation-FBR that a first information report (FIR) was logged against Sailab Khan, owner/ proprietor of M/s Al-Ahsan Goods Transport Company, Saadullah Mama (consigner of the offending goods as per transportation bilty of M/s Al-Ahsan Goods Transportation Company and submitted that on an actionable information, customs team intercepted a Hino truck bearing registration number: TLM-522.

He further informed that on cursory checking the said vehicle was found loaded with assorted Iranian glassware/ crockery inside the container, on query, the driver informed that crockery is present inside the container and he produced a bilty regarding crockery of said importer, issued in the name of one Saadullah Mama and the goods were to be received by sales office Karachi.

Investigation officer said that on demand the driver could not produce any legal import documents in support of glassware/ crockery and further checking container on the spot revealed that container is having a false compartment inside the container by fabricating a partition of steel wall between the inner space of the container, therefore, when further search was conducted than also recovered 11,050 kilogram of smuggled betel nuts.