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Customs Court grants bail to suspect booked in tax evasion

Customs Court grants bail to suspect booked in tax evasion

KARACHI: The Customs Taxation & Anti-Smuggling Court granted a bail to an accused person named Shahid Muneer S/o Muhammad Muneer, Chief Executive Officer, M/s GCS Private Limited against the surety of Rs200000 who was booked in tax fraud case.

The court also issued notices to the Special Public Prosecutor for Customs Department and Investigation Officer for next date of hearing.

During the hearing, counsel for the accused moved a bail application and submitted that his client is innocent and has falsely been implicated in this case. “He is ready to face the trail therefore court may grant his bail”.

After the arguments, court granted his bail against the said surety and directed him to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

According to the prosecution, during the investigation, it was found that Goods Declaration dated 08/06/2017 filed by M/s Malik Brothers Logistics Private Limited on behalf of the importer M/S DCS Pvt Ltd declared the value @ $794.98 whereas the detailed scrutiny of documents manifested the original office company of detention receipt revealed value of @$ 7947.98. Moreover, scrutiny of documents further revealed that the clearing agent M/s Malik Brothers Logistics at the time of clearance of goods provided/presented concocted, altered, mutilated, false, forged and tampered DR and invoice to the Customs Department in order to conceal the actual facts of the consignment (CCTV parts etc) at the import stage.

The case was registered against the suspects for violation of section 16, 32, (92) 32 A of Customs Act-1969 punishable under clauses 14, 14A & 77 of section 156 (i) ibid.