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Customs Court approves charge sheet against M/s Azam and Sons & others

Customs Court approves charge sheet against M/s Azam and Sons & others

KARACHI: The Customs Court approved interim charge sheet against suspects namely Imran Butt son of Muhammad Azam Butt owner of M/s Azam and Sons, Muhammad Idress son of Abdul Majeed warehouse keeper of M/s General Services and Muhammad Arif son of Abdul Majeed warehouse keeper of M/s General Services, who were booked in a case of illegal removal of in-bonded goods without filing of ex-bond GD, thus evading legitimate government revenue.

On May 20, 2019, investigation officer of Appraisement East submitted interim charge sheet and submitted that on an actionable information the consignments of hot rolled steel sheets iron steel sheets/coils imported and stored in the bonded warehouse and illegally removed by the importer of M/s Azam Sons in connivance with the warehouse keeper without payment of leviable duties & taxes & without filing ex-bond GD.

He submitted that in order to check the veracity of the received information, additional collector (R&D) Appraisement East Karachi and others visited the bonded warehouse situated at SITE Area Karachi and during the visit, it was revealed that goods weighing 183810 kilograms warehoused against the above mentioned GD are not available in the warehouse meaning thereby that iron steel coils/ sheets weighing 183810 kg have been removed from the warehouse illegally without payment of leviable customs duties and other taxes.

He further revealed that suspects evaded duties and taxes to the tune of Rs7,027,313. After the hearing, court took FIR into its record and directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit report on next date of hearing.

After the hearing, court approved interim charge and directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit final charge sheet on next date of hearing.