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Customs Court grants bail to suspects involved in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court grants bail to suspects involved in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted bail to suspects namely Ihsan Ullah son of Muhammad Ullah and Abdul Rahman son of Abdul Baqi against the surety of Rs100,000 each, who were involved in a case of attempting to smuggle contraband betel nuts and others goods.

On Saturday, counsel for the above-mentioned suspects submitted bail petition and argued that his clients are innocent and were falsely implicated in the same case, who are ready to face trail; therefore, the court may grant them bail till final judgment.

Earlier, Sadam Hussain, Investigation Officer of Customs Collectorate Preventive’s Anti-Smuggling Organization, produced the suspects before the court and informed that officials of Pakistan Rangers intercepted five Suzuki pick-ups loaded with betel nuts and other goods at Maripure Road Karachi and informed the customs officials, who reached there and searched the pick-ups.

Investigation officer further informed that during the search of five pick-ups, the customs officials found 12kg betel nuts, 726,750 pouches Rajni brand Indian-origin gutka and after the formalities, customs authorities seized the goods along with 5 pick-ups.

He further submitted that show-cause notices were issued and displayed on customs office against owners of vehicles as well as owners of said goods and efforts are in progress to arrest the absconding accused persons and their accomplices.

After hearing arguments, the court took FIR into the record and directed investigation officer to arrest the culprits and submit charge-sheet till next date of hearing.

Case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 156 (2) 157 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clause 8 & 89 of section 156 (1) ibid read with section (i) of Imports & Exports Control Act, 1950 and others related laws complainant by Muhammad Shafiq Senior Preventive Officer Customs House Karachi.