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Customs Court seeks charge sheet against suspects in diesel smuggling case

Customs Court seeks charge sheet against suspects in diesel smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court has directed the investigation officer to complete investigations and submit charge sheet against suspects namely Mehboob Ali and Nabi Bakhsh. The suspects were booked for attempting to smuggle 59,635 liter Iranian high speed diesel.

During the hearing, investigation officer sought further time to file challan, therefore, the court granted time and adjourned the matter.

Earlier, the investigation officer had produced the suspects before the court and informed that a team of Anti-Smuggling Organisation intercepted a Hino truck bearing registration number TLY-348 near Moachko Chowk and recovered 59,635 litter Iranian diesel.

He further informed the court that during the raid, customs officials asked suspects to produce lawful documents of said oil, however, they failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after formalities customs officials arrested both accused and seized said oil.

Investigation officer said that prosecution needs further investigation from suspects therefore, court may send back them to customs department. After his arguments, court had sent back them to customs department on physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce them before the court along with progress report on next date of hearing.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 156 (2) 157 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 8 & 89 of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 3 (1) of Import and Export Control Act, 1950.