KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued notices to the tax authorities and deputy attorney general on a constitutional petition filed by Al-Aziz Tyre Company, seeking release of its consignments of tyres and tubes seized by the customs authorities.
During the hearing of petition, a two-member bench, comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Yousaf Ali Saeed, directed them to file their respective para wise comments on the next date of hearing.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner stated in its petition that it is engaged in the lawful business of import of assorted tyres in nine containers from China and fulfilling all the liabilities properly.
According to the counsel, petitioner imported consignments of tyres and tubes and filed goods declaration according with law, however, officials of the customs department seized the containers alleged that petitioner found in mis-declaration without shown lawful authorities.
Citing chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Collector of Customs Collectorate Port Muhammad Bin Qasim as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare the act of the customs authorities as illegal mala fide and arbitrary.
He also pleaded the court to direct them to release its consignments immediately and restrain them from taking any coercive action against the petitioner.