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SHC directs parties to file comments on petition seeking release of oil tanker

SHC directs parties to file comments on petition seeking release of oil tanker

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed parties to file comments on a constitutional petition filed by Shahzad Khan, seeking release of his oil tanker bearing registration number TUA-503 seized by Federal Investigation Agency Crime Circle Karachi due to allegedly involved in smuggling of 40,000 litters Iranian diesel. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, heard the petition.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that the vehicle had never been involved in smuggling of Iranian diesel, however, officials of the Federal Investigation Agency intercepted the said oil tanker loaded with 40,000 litters HSD oil, near Hub River Road, Muack Goth and seized it without showing any lawful reason and claimed that petitioner’s oil tanker was involved in smuggling to HSD oil from Iran into Pakistan via Pakistan border and having brought to Karachi by road.

Citing Secretary Ministry of Interior and deputy director of Federal Investigation Agency Crime Circle Karachi as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare the act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.

He also pleaded the court to direct them to release the vehicle registration no: TUA-503 immediately and also restrain them from taking any coercive measures against the petitioner.