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SHC grants bail to manager of M/s QMobile in mobile phones smuggling case

SHC grants bail to manager of M/s QMobile in mobile phones smuggling case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has granted bail to suspect namely Muhammad Ammad, manager administration of M/s Digicom (Private) Limited (QMobile) against the surety bonds of Rs 500,000 and directed him to appear before the trail court and join investigations.

The suspect was booked for attempting to smuggle more than 78,000 assorted mobile phones in the garb of LED lights.

It is pertained to be mentioned here that counsel for the suspect had moved a bail petition before the customs court and argued that his client was innocent and was been falsely implicated in this case. Therefore, the court might grant him bail. However, counsel for the Customs Department opposed the bail and stated that the prosecution had concrete evidences, therefore, the court might reject his bail. After the arguments, the court accepted his bail plea.

Earlier, investigation officer of Intelligence and Investigation-FBR had produced above mentioned suspect before the court and informed the court that on a credible information, a team of Intelligence and Investigation-FBR raided at Bungalow No 107/1 Lane 10, Kheayban-Rahan DHA Karachi and during the search recovered 78,160 foreign origin mobile phones from 3908 cartons and arrested the above mentioned suspect who introduced himself as admin manager of M/s Digicom Trading Private Limited.

He further informed the court that after formalities officials of the Intelligence and Investigation-FBR seized mobile phones and shifted at investigation office and notice under section 171 also issued to the M/s Digicom Trading Company.

According to the prosecution was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16, 32 (1) & (2) 32A, 79, 80, 157 and 178 of the Customs Act, 1969 read with import policy order 2016 punishable under section 156 (1) (8) (89) (9) (9) (14) (14A) (43) (44) (45) & 156 (2) ibid read with section 3, 6, 7A, 33, 34 of the sales tax act, 1990, further read with section 148 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001.