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Customs Tribunal upholds ONO in smuggled Land Cruiser Case

Customs Tribunal upholds ONO in smuggled Land Cruiser Case

LAHORE: The Customs Appellate Tribunal has rejected an appeal filed by Additional Director, Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation-FBR Gujranwala, against Muhammad Luqman, a resident of Gujranwala, Shamraiz Khan and Additional Collector of Customs (Adjudication) Customs House Lahore.

According to details, Member Technical Bench-II Imran Tariq heard the case in details and passed the order that appellant has failed to prove his case, so the appeal has not been accepted.

According to details, Superintendent of Intelligence and Investigation was informed that a Toyota Land Cruiser was smuggled and being plied in the vicinity of District Gujranwala. The vehicle was intercepted by the staff of the Directorate or Intelligence and Investigation-FBR Gujranawala.

To a query, the driver failed to produce any legal documents regarding the lawful import of vehicle and the same was impounded under Section 2(KK) read with Section 17 of the Customs Act-1969.

After a complete examination of the vehicle, the case was referred to the adjudication authority which passed the Order-In-Original that the vehicle was released to the lawful owner unconditionally.

The Customs Department has challenged the Order-In-Original in the Customs Appellate Tribunal on the grounds that the seizure of the vehicle was based on the accurate facts and within the legal jurisdiction of seizing agency and the impugned order is bad in law. On the other side, the respondent denied all the allegations and appealed the tribunal that all the allegations are baseless and appealed for the rejection of the case.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the Customs Appellate Tribunal rejected the appeal of the Customs Department and upheld the adjudication order.