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Customs Court seeks reply on petition filed for de-sealing of warehouse

Customs Court seeks reply on petition filed for de-sealing of warehouse

KARACHI: Customs Court issued notices to special prosecutor for customs department and directed him to submit comments on an application filed by Hafiz Muhammad Rizwan Ahmed for de-sealing of a warehouse.

On October 12, 2018, during the hearing, counsel for the petitioner stated that applicant has two shops in Luxmi Building at Chand Bibi Road, near City Courts Karachi, which had been sealed by the detecting agency unlawfully.

He further stated that there is no provision under the Customs Act, 1969, whereby any premises could be sealed under any circumstance; whatsoever, the action of the sealing of the two shops by the detecting agency is out rightly illegal and liable to be struck down.

He argued that in view of the foregoing; therefore, it is prayed that this court, in the interest of justice and equity, may kindly be pleaded to direct forthwith de-sealing of the accused/applicant’s warehouse.

According to the prosecution, a case was registered against the above-mentioned applicant for violation of Section 2 (s) 156 (2) & 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clause 8 & 89 of Section 156 (1) ibid read with Section 3 (1) of Import & Export Control Act 1950.