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Customs court for submitting charge-sheet in mega mis-declaration case

Customs court for submitting charge-sheet in mega mis-declaration case

KARACHI: Customs Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi directed the Investigation Officer to complete the investigation and submit a final charge-sheet against suspects named Shakeel Ahmed Khan, Faisal Bin Muhammad S/o Muhammad Bin Ahmed, Sheraz Khan S/o Muhammad Sameer Khan and Khan Bahadur S/o Sodager booked in a case of attempting to smuggle more than 14,000 mobile phones in the garb of diplomatic privilege.

On a tip-off, a team of the Anti-Smuggling Organization intercepted a container at Chamra Chowrangi and recovered 14,295 China branded mobile phones. Upon the enquiry of suspects, the Customs Department also recovered 594 cartons, 8,296.24kg of auto parts from Malta Auto Spare Parts and other goods.

The total tentative value of goods is Rs66million involving duties and taxes of Rs30million claimed under mis-declaration for the port area in the garb of household goods under diplomatic privilege claiming admissible exemption thereof.

Case was registered for violation of Section 2 (s) 16, 32 (1) & (2) 32 A, 79, 80 156, (2) 157 and 178 of the Customs Act-1969 read with Section 3 (1) of the Import and Export Control Act-1990, further read with Section 3, 6, 33 and 34 of the Sales Tax Act-1990 and other section and relevant provisions of allied laws.