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Customs Court grants bail to suspect in non-duty paid Honda car case

Customs Court grants bail to suspect in non-duty paid Honda car case

KARACHI: Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi has granted interim pre-arrest bail to suspect, Naveed Zaman, against the surety bonds of Rs 100,000, who was booked in a case of smuggled/ non-duty paid Honda Accord Saloon car bearing registration number BFT-418 model 2003 worth Rs 2,232,998.

During the hearing, counsel for the suspect appeared before the court and moved the bail application. He argued that his client is innocent and was falsely been implicated in this case, who is ready to face trail, therefore, the court may grant him bail till final decision of this case.

After the arguments, the court granted him bail against the surety bonds of Rs 100,000 and issued notices to the special prosecutor for customs department and investigation officer, directing them to file comments on the next date of hearing.  The court also directed the suspect to appear before the court on the next hearing.

According to the prosecution, on credible information, officials of the customs authorities intercepted the vehicle which parked near Super Store, Clifton Karachi.

A case was registered against the suspected owner under section (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses (8) and (89) of section 156 (i) ibid.