KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued notices to the Customs Department and deputy attorney general on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Al-Amna International seeking release of its consignment of lollipops stopped by the Customs Department due to disputed valuation.
While hearing of the petition, a two-member bench, comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Omer Siyal, also directed them to file their respective para-wise comments on the next date of hearing.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that it is engaged in lawful commercial import of food stuff and imports these products from various countries. It imported a consignment of lollipops from Turkey @$ 0.99 kilogram and filed Goods Declaration (GDs), however, officials of the Customs Department are not deciding valuation of the goods.
He said that petitioner is ready to submit differential amount Rs1,357,396 before the nazir of the SHC, till the final disposal of this revision petition.
Citing Sectary Revenue Division, Chief Collector of Customs Collectorate Appraisement East and others as respondents, he pleaded the court to declare that act of the customs officials as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary, he also pleaded the court to release its consignment immediately.