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Customs Court seeks final challan of betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court seeks final challan of betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to complete investigations and submit final charge-sheet against suspect namely Syed Muhammad Akbar son of Syed Khuda Nazar, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid 15775 kilogram betel nuts.

On September 6, 2018, during the hearing, investigation officer submitted that investigations are under way and report will be submitted on next date of hearing. The court also extended bail of suspects who are already on bail and adjourned the matter for next date of hearing.

On last date of hearing, Investigation Officer Muhammad Mehmood produced the above mentioned suspects before the court along with first information report and informed that on credible information, officials of the Pakistan Coast Guards intercepted Hino truck bearing registration number TLS-913 and during the search, officials recovered 15775 kilogram betel nuts from the truck.

He submitted that officials asked him to produce legal documents on the spot; however, he failed to produce any lawful documents; therefore, after the formalities, said goods and truck were taken into custody and accused was also arrested.

According to the prosecution, case was registered against above mentioned suspects for violation of under Section 2 (s) and 16, 156 (1) (8) (89) and 157 of the Customs Act, 1969.