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FIA seeks record of 1763 confiscated mobile phones from FBR

FIA seeks record of 1763 confiscated mobile phones from FBR

ISLAMABAD: The FIA has asked the FBR to provide previous 10 year transaction records along with 1763 confiscated mobile phones allegedly sold to CSD by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Lahore till May 24, 2018.

According to details the FIA has requested through letter no: FIA/CCC/E-05/2018/100 in which it asked the FBR to provide the record to the office of Assistant Director Muhammad Aman Ullah Khan, positively in order to avoid a contempt of court proceeding, it was also requested to FBR to provide last 10 year record pertaining to similar transactions for the previous 10 years.

The Lahore High Court in criminal case No 211642 of 2018 vide order dated 14 May 2018 has ordered to expeditiously finalize the inquiry against the Customs Intelligence high ups, the FIA was earlier investigating the 1763 confiscated mobile phones allegedly sold to CSD as the investigators at FIA are sure that it was added that the officers of Customs Intelligence are involved in this cheat.

Documents stated that the subject inquiry is under probe at this agency regarding corruption embezzlement/misappropriations of millions of rupees by the staff of Customs Intelligence and Investigation regarding the State Warehouse, Allama Iqbal Town.

‘You were requested to provide the records pertaining to 1763 confiscated mobile phones allegedly sold to CSD as well as similar transactions for the previous 10 years’, the officer added.

In response, vide officer letter No. C. No II(SWH) Disp.Mob.Ph/98/2017/209 dated 19 January 2018, it was informed that as per FBR Islamabad’ letter dated 19 March 2018, field formation had been restrained from providing information directly to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Chief Management Islamabad was nominated as focal person to provide the record.

The Chief Management Customs Islamabad was requested vide office letter dated 22 January 2018 and subsequent letter dated 30 January 2018 to provide the requisite record.

In response, the secretary (Mgt Customs-III) on February 9, 2018, requested the DG customs Intelligence FBR to provide the relevant information and assistance to FIA. “The inquiry officer Assistant Director Muhammad Aman Ullah Khan also visited your officer on 12 February 2018 and it was assured that the requisite record will be provided before 15 February 2018 but the record has not been provided on one pretext or the other”, the letter concluded as saying.