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Customs Court approves charge sheet against M/s Al-Aswed Associates & others

Customs Court approves charge sheet against M/s Al-Aswed Associates & others

KARACHI: The Customs Court issued non bail-able warrants against absconding suspects namely Ihtishaam, Umair associates with M/s SHUFS Logistics, Rehan, Qurban and Adnan Associates with M/s NR Enterprises, who were booked in a case for evading duties and taxes to the tune of Rs74, 036, 216.

On August 23, 2019, investigation officer submits interim charges sheet against Imran, owner of M/s Al-Aswed Associates, Muhammad Irfan, M/s ERA Marine Agencies, Ihtishaam and Muhammad Idress, M/s SHUFS logistics, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ahsan, Muzamil and others and argued that an information was received that above mentioned importers imported a consignment declared to 92 bales of used clothing weighing 16600 kg manifested to have been shipped from United Kingdom contrary to actual port of loading Jabel Ali, UAE.

He further stats that information further revealed that the importers in active connivance with their clearing agents and other accomplices have misd-declared the description, quantity, origin, classification of the imported goods by submitting false, fake and fabricated information to evade legitimate of government revenue.

He disclosed that during the examination of said consignment, customs officials found multifunction printers, used laptops, laptops cables, smart phones, used LG tables with SIM and others goods having total value of Rs70, 874, 595.

Investigation officer said in his charge sheet that during the investigation, it was revealed that above mentioned importers submitted incorrect information committed a fraud by issuing false bill of lading by mentioning port of loading as London Gateway instead of actual port of loading Jabel Ali UAE, therefore, case was registered against them for violation of customs act and for incorrect information submitted to the customs have become basis this fraud/ offence and facilitated the importer and their accomplices to defraud customs as well as national exchequer.

According to the charge sheet Imran Haroon, Muhammad Irfan are confined in Central Jail and 6 suspects are still absconders in this case.

After the hearing, court approved charge sheet against issued non bail-able warrant against absconding suspects and adjourned the case for regular hearing.