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Customs Court convicts four in tax evasion case

Customs Court convicts four in tax evasion case

KARACHI: Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi convicted two suspects, Ajmal and Atiq Ahmed, till rising of the court and imposed a fine of Rs 200,000 on them. Both were booked in a duty and tax evasion case of Rs 1.23 million. In default of the payment, they will suffer further one year imprisonment in Central Jail Karachi.

The court also sentenced Tikam Das Khatri and Muhammad Yousaf Baig for the already undergone period (undergone confined in customs/ judicial custody).

According to the prosecution, the convicts were involved in the unlawful clearance of liquor and other bonded goods through their diplomatic bonded warehouse Clifton Karachi under the garb of ship stores supplies and used fake and forged documents for issuing liquor of various brands from their bonded warehouse to foreign flag ships berthed at Karachi Port and evaded duty and taxes of Rs 1.232 million.  A case was registered against them under section 156 (1) (14) (14A) (81) (82) of the Customs Act 1969.