KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against Muhammad Ali, proprietor of M/s MAS International, Farhan son of Abdul Samad of M/s Samad Traders and M/s Freight Connection Pakistan Private Limited, who were booked in a case of mis-declaration and evasion of huge duty and taxes.
On May 23, 2019, investigation officer informed the court that the above-mentioned suspects imported two consignments and declared used clothing and used shoes 26300+26500= 52800 kilograms valuing $7000, however, on an actionable information, customs officials searched goods and found 52340 kgs contraband betel nuts.
He submitted that during the investigation, it is established that above mentioned suspects and their associates have deliberately mis-declared description of the impugned goods with the intent to get illegal clearance of the restricted item and also evading legitimate amount of duties and taxes to the tune of Rs24.93 million.
He further argued that they have, thus contravened provisions of section 2 (s) 16, 32A, 79 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 1, 8 (i) 14A, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 86 of Section 156 (i) ibid read with allied laws and procedure and consequent upon approval of the competent authority, this FIR is lodged accordingly for in-depth investigation into the matter.
After the hearing, court directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet on next date of hearing.