KARACHI: The Customs Court issued non-bailable warrants against absconding suspect namely Muhammad Sarfaraz Manka son of Muhammad Zakariya, who was nominated in 20,870 kilograms betel nuts smuggling.
On July 8, 2019, investigation officer submitted interim charge sheet against the above-mentioned suspects and informed the court that an information was received that a considerable quantity of smuggled foreign origin betel nuts was secreted in a godown situated at plot no F-204 Mills Area, Super Highway, Karachi and would likely be removed from that premises shortly.
He further informed the court that on information, customs team visited that premises and found 260 pp bags containing foreign origin betel nuts, each bag weighing 76 kgs and 30 pp bags containing foreign origin betel nuts, each bag weighing 37 kgs, total 20,870 kgs worth Rs4,295,046.
He further informed the court that after the formalities, customs team seized all goods and during the investigation, no one came forward to claim the ownership of goods.
After the hearing court issued non-bailable warrants against the absconding suspects and directed investigation officer to arrest and produce him on next date of hearing.
According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) (15) (16) of the customs act 1969 punishable under clause (89) of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 156 (2) of the Customs Act, 1969 further read with section 3 (1) of Imports & Export Control Act, 19