KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed parties to file comments on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Faraz Combine Marketing Company (Private) Limited for quashment of the FIR lodged against it alleging imported kerosene oil in the garb of white spirit. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Omer Sial, heard the petition.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that it is importer and trading petrochemicals and allied products, such regards imported from Seychelles a consignment 1979.795 metric ton of white spirit and filed goods declaration (GDs) according with law.
According to the petitioner, he was shocked when he was informed by the officials of the customs department that FIR was lodged against it by customs authorities, wherein, it was alleged that the petitioner in a garb of white spirit had imported kerosene oil which falls in import control policy and violation of customs’ policy.
He argued that allegations of the customs department are baseless and he imported white spirit after fulfilling all requirements.
Citing Secretary Revenue Division, Director Customs Enforcement Directorate General Intelligence and Investigation-FBR and seizing/ investigation officer of the department as respondents, he pleaded the court to declare the act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
He also pleaded the court to quash the FIR lodged by customs authorities and restrain the customs department, its officer/ agents and any officer from taking any coercive action against it.