Customs Court seeks charge sheet against suspects booked in mis-declaration case

The Customs Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi on Wednesday directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against suspects namely Muhammad Jawais, Shahid Musa, Junaid, directors/ Partners of M/s S.M Traders, Eng. Syed Mukarram Ali, proprietor of M BHF Services, Naveed, an employee of M/s BHF Services, M/s South Asia Logistic Services and others, who are booked in a case of mis-declaration case.

During the hearing, investigation officer submitted first information report before the court and informed that on a credible information, consignment of the above mentioned suspects was examined and during the examination was observed in the manner that a hug quantity such as 15110kg of undeclared new unstitched curtain cloth was found which was imported on the basis of forged/ fabricated bill of lading, value of the impugned goods has therefore, calculated to US% 8616 with application of existing valuation ruling order in revision no 237 dated 18-08-2016 @ US$ 5.6/kg which is otherwise liable to customs duty Rs. 1,496,011, sales tax Rs1,923,309, additional sales tax Rs. 339,407, income tax Rs1,221,866, regularity duty Rs. 467,503 totaling Rs5,448,096.

He submitted that during the investigation, it was revealed that act of the importer/ investor attracts with active connivance with their customs house agent and other associated have violated the provisions of section 19, 32 (1) (2) 79 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 read with special classification provision 9917, punishable under clauses 14, 86 and section 148 of the income tax ordinance 2001 and others related laws.

He further submitted that investigation to unearth the remaining facts in the case is underway, after the hearing, court directed him to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against them on next date of hearing.