KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer to make sure filing final charge sheet against Tariq Ghanchi, partner/ owner of M/s Iqra Enterprises, Essa Ismail, proprietor of M/s Mohammad Trading Company, Muhammad Ismail of M/s Khalid Sanitary Supplier, who were booked in Rs. 142.08 million duty and taxes evasion scam.
On July 13, 2019, investigation officer and counsel for the suspects appeared before the court, court directed investigation officer to complete proceeding against those who are still absconders in this case for proclaimed offender under section 178 & 188 CRPC and complete investigation and submit final charge sheet against them.
According to the interim sheet of Appraisement West against M/s Mohammad Trading Company, Muhammad Ismail of M/s Khalid Sanitary Supplier, Zulfiqar Ali Shah, proprietor of M/s Friends Enterprises and Tariq Ghanchi, partner/ owner of M/s Iqra Enterprises and informed the court that an information was received to the effect that warehoused consignments of ceramic/ porcelain tiles imported have been removed illegally from the warehouse without payment of customs duty and other leviable taxes, with the active connivance of the staff of bonded warehouse, importers and their accomplices.
Investigation officer further submitted that during the search and checking record, it was found that consignments of tiles of aforesaid importers warehoused in the bonded warehouse revealed that 267523 SMQ were found illegally removed from the warehouse without payment of leviable duty and taxes millions of rupees.
He further said that during the investigation, it was established that aforesaid importers have illegally removal bonded goods valuing of Rs. 133.09 million and evaded amount of duty and taxes on illegally removed of goods in Rs. 142.08.
According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of 32, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 97, 98, 104, 107, 111, 116 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 and other relevant section and laws.