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Customs Court grants bail to alleged owner of non-duty paid car

Customs Court grants bail to alleged owner of non-duty paid car

KARACHI: Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi has granted interim pre-arrest bail to suspect namely Naveed Zaman who was booked in a case of smuggled/ non-duty paid Honda Accord Saloon car bearing registration number BFT-418 model 2003 and evaded the duty and taxes of Rs 5.44 million.

During the hearing, counsel for the accused appeared before the court and moved an application for pre-arrest bail. He argued that his client is innocent and was falsely been implicated in this case, who is ready to face trail, however, he has apprehensions of arrest, therefore, the court may grant  him bail till final disposal of this case.

After the hearing, court granted his bail against a surety of Rs 100,000 and issued notices to special prosecutor for customs department and investigation officer directing them to file their comments. Court also directed accused person to appear before the court on next date of hearing.

According to the prosecution, on a credible information, officials of the customs authorities intercepted smuggled/ non-duty paid Honda Accord Saloon car bearing registration number BFT-418 model 2003, case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 32 and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses (8) (89) and 14 of section 156 (i) ibid.