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SHC directs customs to release consignment of M/s Bismillah Industry

SHC directs customs to release consignment of M/s Bismillah Industry

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the tax authorities to release a consignment of “zinc coated coils of alloy steel sheets” in  accordance with law on a constitutional petition filed by Asad Ali, proprietor of M/s Bismillah Industry.

The petitioner had sought release of his consignment seized by the customs officials. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar was hearing the petition.

During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner moved a contempt application against officials of the customs department for disobeying the judgment issued on January 30, 2017 passed by the Customs Appellate Tribunal Karachi which directed the customs officials to release the subject goods in accordance with law. However, high officials are not following the said order.

Citing Secretary Revenue Division, Collector of Customs Collectorate Appraisement West, Muhammad Shahzad, Deputy Collector of Customs (Group-IV) Customs Collectorate Appraisement West as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court may direct customs department to release his consignment according order of the customs appellate tribunal.