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Customs Court approves bail of suspects booked in mobile phones smuggling case

Customs Court approves bail of suspects booked in mobile phones smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court approved after arrest bail of suspects namely Karim Jan son of Wahid Buksh and Abdul Hakeem son of Nawab Khan, who were arrested in a case of attempting to smuggle 3200 mobile phones worth Rs5,002,000.

On June 03, 2019, counsel for the accused moved after arrest bail and argued that applicants are innocents and were falsely implicated in this case, they are ready to face trail, therefore, court may grant his after arrest bail.

After the hearing, court granted their after arrest bail against surety of Rs100,000 each and directed them to appear on next date of hearing before this court.

Earlier, investigation officer of customs preventive submitted interim charge sheet against them and informed the court that on a credible information, customs team intercepted a Suzuki Hi-Roof van bearing registration no CV-6845 and during the search found 1249 Nokia 3310, 1298 2.1-Tell. 339 Q-up, 112 Inova worth Rs4,497,000.

He further submitted that 202  assorted used touch mobile phones valuing of Rs5,002,000 also were recovered from said vehicle and after recovering suspects were asked to produce lawful documents, however, they failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after the formalities, they were arrested and goods also were seized.

He said that during the investigation, it is established that said accused persons have thus committed an offence with the others under section 2 (s) of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clause (89) of section 156 (i) ibid, as the investigation of that case is under way, it is prayed that further time may kindly be granted under section 344 CRPC to complete the investigation. After the hearing, court approved interim charge sheet and fixed the case for regular hearing.

Case was registered for violation of under section 2(s) 157 (2) of 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.