KARACHI: The Customs Court sent suspects namely Nawab Shahrukh son of Abdul Sattar and Ghulam Moduddin son of Abdul Salam to customs department on physical remand, involved in a case of attempting to smuggle betel nuts, liquor, etc.
On May 24, 2019, investigation officer produced the above-mentioned suspects before the court along with first information report and submitted that a credible information was received in the Collectorate regarding import of contraband goods under the garb of scrap/importable items, therefore, examination staff concerned was made vigilant during the examination, particularly items being imported as scrap.
He further disclosed that consignment of Muhammad Adil proprietor of M/s Mak Tanoli International Private Limited, Nawab Shahrukh son of Abdul Sattar, Murtaz Jan Brohi and Ghulam Monuddin was brought for examination, which was declared as used seats (made up of textile & foam with iron frame), however, during the examination, customs officials found 6000 kilograms betel nuts worth Rs12,000,000; 24 bottles (1 liter each & 12 bottles 700 ml each) liquor worth Rs120,000 and 48 tins (490 ml each) beer worth Rs48,000.
He further informed that during the investigation, it was established that said suspects with their associates have deliberately mis-declared description of the impugned goods, with intent to get illegal clearance of the restricted/banned goods valuing Rs12,168,000 and consequent upon approval of the competent authority, this first information report was lodged accordingly for in-depth investigation into the matter.
According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under Section 2 (s) 16, 32A, 79 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 1, 8 (i) 14A, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 86 of Section 156 (i) ibid read with allied laws.