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Customs Court awards jail term to suspect in cloth smuggling case

Customs Court awards jail term to suspect in cloth smuggling case

KARACHI: Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi has awarded 17 days imprisonment and a fine of Rs 100,000 to a suspect namely Arafat son of Anar Khan who was booked for attempting to smuggle 3,810 kilogram non-duty paid foreign origin cloth worth Rs 1,905,000.

During the hearing, the suspect appeared before the court along with his counsel and filed a petition for pleading guilty and left himself on the mercy of the court. After the arguments, the court awarded 17 days imprisonment to him as undergone period and a fine of Rs 100,000.

According to the prosecution, staff of the Customs Department intercepted Nissan trailer bearing registration number C-8356 SWAT and recovered 26 bags, foreign origin cloth valuing Rs 19,05,000 in open market. During the search, driver Arafat was asked to show lawful documents of the goods, but he failed. Therefore, he was arrested and the cloth was also seized by the customs authorities.

According to the charge sheet suspect evaded the duty and taxes Rs71,38,560 to the national exchequer. Case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16, 157 (3) of the Customs Act 1969 punishable under clauses (8) (89) of sub-section (1) read with sub-section (2) of section 156 ibid.