KARACHI: The Customs Court issued non-bailable warrants against owners of M/s Hands Industries Pvt Ltd and Muhammad Yousaf, proprietor of M/s Yousuf & Co, who have been booked in a case of attempting to smuggle fraudulent clearance of restricted betel nuts in the garb of used cloths for processing at Karachi Export Processing Zone (KEPZ).
On November 28, 2018, investigation officer of Customs Appraisement East submitted interim charge-sheet against the above-mentioned suspects and others and informed the court that owners of M/s Hands Industries Private Limited imported a consignment and declared it as 19000 kilograms used cloths worth Rs840,787. However, during the examination, customs team found 26985 kilograms betel nuts worth Rs4,986,828 and evaded the duties and taxes in the tune of Rs6,240,716.
He said that Muhammad Akif, Fahad Ali, Hammal Baloch are in judicial custody; however, owners of M/s Hands Industries are still absconders and prosecution team is trying its best for their arrest.
After hearing, the court accepted interim charge-sheet against the accused persons and issued non-bailable warrants against absconders.