KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued notices to the Customs Department and deputy attorney on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Haji Ehsanullah, proprietor of M/s Ehsanullah & Company, seeking release of his imported old/ used Hino/Nissan transit concrete mixer lorries.
While hearing of petition a two-member bench also directed them to file their respective para wise comments on the next date of hearing. Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that he imported old/ used Hino/Nissan transit concrete mixer lorries and filed Goods Declaration (GDs) as per law for clearance, which were seized by the Customs Department on the allegations that the petitioner violated the import policy. He submitted that the petitioner imported these vehicles as per law and other importers were also importing the same, therefore, seizing the same was illegal, mala fide and unlawful.
Citing Secretary Ministry of Finance, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Customs Appellate Tribunal, Collector of Customs Adjudication Hyderabad as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
He also pleaded the court to direct customs officials to release its vehicles as per law and no action shall be taken against the petitioner till final order in this case.