KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the customs department and deputy attorney general directing them to file comments on a petition filed by M/s Amjad & Brothers Trading Company for restraining order for not to enchase the post-dated cheque of Rs2,775,960 issued by the petitioner in favour of customs collector Port Muhammad Bin Qasim Karachi without permission of this court.
A two-member bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, heard the matter on September 19, 2018.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner argued that petitioner is engaged in the business of import, artificial/imitation jewellery and its accessories from India and purchased various types of artificial/imitation jewellery without beads along with artificial jewellery with beads, hair accessories and glass bangles from its supplier namely Captech Import and Exports based in Maharashtra, India having total value of $10500.00 and filed goods declarations.
He further submitted that consignments of the petitioner were stopped by the customs officials due to dispute valuation $3.45 to 4.25/kg, however, goods were released after payment of differential amounts and now he has apprehension that respondents might be en-cash the differential amounts submitted by petitioner.
Citing Secretary Ministry of Revenue, Collector of Customs, MCC Appraisement Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Collector of Customs Customs Collectorate East, Director General of DG Customs Valuation as respondents, he pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
He also pleaded that court to accept this petition and declare that respondents have no jurisdiction to fix the value of any item and set aside the value of imitation jewellery fixed by the respondents dated Fed 23, 2018, suspect the operation of their order of enhancement of valuation during the pendency of the instant petition.