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Customs Court seeks charge sheet against suspects in mobile phones smuggling case

Customs Court seeks charge sheet against suspects in mobile phones smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court has directed the investigation officer to complete investigations and submit a charge sheet against suspects namely Abdul Rauf Tauqeer Raja son of Raja Saleem, Vigilance Officer of M/s Gerry’s Dnata, and Muhammad Aamir son of Muhammad Siddiqui. The suspects were booked for attempting to smuggle non-duty paid foreign origin mobile phones from Dubai to Karachi.

During the hearing, the investigation officer appeared before the court and sought further time to file the challan against the suspects, therefore, the court granted him time and directed him to submit the challan on the next date of hearing.

On last date of hearing, investigation officer produced above mentioned suspects before the court and informed that on credible information, a team of Anti-Smuggling Organization intercepted the above mentioned suspect at Jinnah International Airport Karachi who was coming from Dubai via flight of Emirates Airlines.

He further informed the court that during the search, customs officials recovered Samsung Galaxy mobile phones S7, Samsung Galaxy mobile phones S7 Edge , Samsung Galaxy Note 5 8 NOs and other goods, they were asked to produce lawful documents of above mentioned goods, however they failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, all goods were seized and suspects were arrested by customs officials.

He had submitted that prosecution needs further investigation, however, court had sent them to jail and directed jail authorities to produce them before the court on next date of hearing, court also directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against above mentioned suspects on next date of hearing.

Case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16 & 178 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses (8) (9) & (89) of section 156 (i) ibid.