KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed parties to file their para wise comments on a constitutional petition filed by Gul Wali son of Kismat Khan, seeking release of his Hino Dumper bearing registration number TKY-960 seized by customs officials due to alleged smuggled and tampered Chassis number. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Umer Sial, was hearing the petition
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that petitioner is lawful owner of the above mentioned vehicle and never involved in any crime, however, officials of the Anti-Smuggling Organization Customs Collecorate intercepted his Hino Dumper near Customs Check Post. During the search, the driver produce all relevant documents, however, customs officials seized his vehicle without lawful authority or showing any lawful reason.
He further argued that allegation was fixed that said vehicle was smuggled and found its chassis tempered, being aggrieved, petitioner moved to customs appellate tribunal which allowed his appeal and directed customs officials to release his vehicle, however, high officials of the customs department are not following court’s order.
Citing Secretary Finance and Director, Customs Appellate Tribunal, Collector of Customs Appeals, Deputy Collector of Customs Adjudication Customs Collectorate and others as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court may direct them to release his vehicle immediately.
He also pleaded the court may restrain them from taking any coercive action against him till final order of this petition.