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Deputy Collector Hassan Farid declares seizure of non-duty paid vehicle as legal

Deputy Collector Hassan Farid declares seizure of non-duty paid vehicle as legal

LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Adjudication Deputy Collector Mohammad Hassan Farid has issued Order-in-Original (ONO) 230/2017 in favour of the Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO).

According to the details, Superintendent of Customs ASO Lahore forwarded a Contravention Report No. 82/2017 dated 29.4.2017 endorsed vide C. No 01/ASO-056/2017/203 in which it was stated that in pursuant to an information on 20.3.2017, the ASO staff intercepted a Honda Civic (VTI) car bearing registration number plate LZR-261 near Punjab College, Canal Road Lahore. The person available on the driving seat claimed the ownership of the car and introduced himself as Sohail Anjum.

The ASO team asked him to produce legal documents regarding possession of vehicle but he remained failed to produce any relevant legal documents.  After his failure, the ASO impounded the vehicle and forwarded the case to the Customs Adjudication Department for further proceedings.

On the basis of the above said facts, show cause notice no. 211/Coll/appr/adj/2017/340 dated 16.5.2017 was issued to the owner of the vehicle Sohail Anjum.  The Customs Adjudication fixed the hearing for 15.6.2017, 22.6.2017 and 13.7.2017 and 20.7.2017.

However no one turned up to defend the allegations. The Customs ASO representative attended all the hearing and argued that since it is a smuggled vehicle it falls under Section 2 (s) automatically. The department further states that the said vehicle was running without valid customs documents and came into the country in breach of prohibitions and restrictions for time being in force after evading payment of duty and taxes.

After examining all the record Deputy Collector Muhammad Hassan Farid declares seizure of Hondia Civic car as legal.