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Customs Court sends suspect to jail on judicial remand in tax evasion case

Customs Court sends suspect to jail on judicial remand in tax evasion case

KARACHI: Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi has sent Shah Rukh Easir, proprietor of M/s Easir Traders, to Central Jail Karachi on judicial remand who was allegedly involved in a tax evasion case of Rs 2,110,719.

During the hearing, Investigation Officer Saud Hassan Khan of Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation produced the accused before the court and submitted that an FIR has been lodged against him and others associates on April 6, 2017. He said that the suspects have been allegedly involved in illegal removal of gasoline generators from the bonded warehouse M/s Lokhandwala S.I.T.E Karachi under the jurisdiction of modal Customs Collectorate, Appraisement West Karachi. The generateors were imported vide goods declaration dated 26/11/2014.

He further informed the court that accused and his other associates were involved in evading the customs duty and taxes to the tune of Rs 2,110,719.

After the hearing, the court sent the suspect to jail and directed the nvestigation officer to investigate and submit progress report on the next date of hearing. The court also directed the Superintendent Jail Central to produce him on the next date of hearing.

It needs to be pertinent here that name of accused Mansoor son of Muhammad Hussain Lokkhandwala, owner of M/s Lokkhandwala, Haider Saleem, proprietor of M/s Gateway International were also mentioned in FIR as accused who are still absconders in this case.

Case was registered against them in violation of section 18, 32, (1) (2) 79 (1) and 104 of the Customs Act, 1969 read with section 86, 97, 98 and 116 punishable under section 156 (1) (14) (50) (59) and (82) ibid further read with section 3, 6, 7A, and 34 of the Sales Tax Act 1990 and section 148 of the income tax ordinance, 2001.