FAISALABAD: Customs Adjudication Collector Mirza Mubashir Baig issued an ONO for outright impounding of 15,980-kg of foreign origin dyed woven fabrics and carrier Hino truck No: SUA-072 by deciding the case in favour of the ASO Faisalabad.
As per details, Anti-Smuggling Organization Faisalabad had impounded Hino truck 10-Wheeler near Bypass Chowk, Sargodha Road Faisalabad, loaded with F/O art-silk cloths being transported from Peshawar to Faisalabad.
The driver, identified as Rehmat Ali son Khurshid, was asked to produce the legal documents regarding the possession of the item. But he disclosed that cloths were loaded from Peshawar for delivery to Faisalabad and he only showed Bilty No: 511 which showed Parchoon of 15 tons issued by M/s Malik Goods Transport Company Peshawar. He further stated that he was coming to Faisalabad first time with the Goods Transport Company.
After investigation, ASO Faisalabad Superintendent, due to non-production of legal documents of cloths along with vehicle which was being used for transportation of smuggling cloths, ordered the possession of the vehicle and bringing it to the State Ware House (SWH) and registration of a case against him. The case was forwarded to Customs Adjudication.
The case record reveals that despite granting adequate and ample chance of personal hearing, the respondent neither appeared in person nor through any legal counsel nor any written reply to the show cause notice was submitted even through post to defend the case. The respondent has failed to establish a genuine link between the Adjudication Court and the goods.
Therefore Collector Mirza Mubashir Baig ordered the outright confiscation of the seized cloths in favour of Federal Government under section 156(1)89(i) of the Customs Act-1969. The Hino truck for having been used exclusively and wholly in transportation of the offending goods was also impounded in terms of section 157(2) of the Customs Act-1969. The owner or the driver of the vehicle or any representative of the transport company concerned failed to appear to defend the case.