Customs Court extends pre-arrest bail filed by director of M/s Usman Trading Co & others

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed special prosecutor for customs department and investigation officer to make sure to file their comments on pre-arrest bail petition filed by suspects namely Chaudhary Atif Shahzad Ahsan, partner of M/s Usman Trading Co and Fazal-ur-Rehman, director/partner of M/s Z.S. Logistic Pvt Ltd booked in a case of attempting to evade Rs11.39 million.

On 14 September 2019, during the hearing above-mentioned suspects appeared before the court along with their counsels who argued for confirmation of their bail which is interim, however the court directed the counsels for customs department to finalize their comments. After the hearing, the court also extended their interim pre-arrest bail for next date of hearing.

According to the interim charge sheet, above-mentioned suspects imported goods and declared as one lot used auto spare parts, SOC (Shipper Own Container) one way only cargo in transit to Islamabad via Karachi and declared description and PCT of goods as per transshipment and filed declaration under Section 121 of the Customs Act, 1969 and rules made there under 1 lot of used auto parts at the value of Rs7,20,864.

He further submitted that on credible information, customs officials examined the goods which were found old and used Suzuki vehicles having engine capacity 660CC in dismantled condition, Japanese 76 pieces used, 4 cylinders petrol/diesel engine with and without gear box, 60 pcs used brake boosters, 2351.16 kilograms of EAU DE toilette perfume 100ml brand Napoleon Boss and Blue Feeling, worth Rs9.45 million approximately.

Investigation officer stated that accused persons evaded duty and taxes to the tune of Rs11.39 million and Muhammad Abid, director of M/s Z.S Logistics is in custody, however, others are still absconders.

After the hearing, the court approved interim charge sheet and issued non-bailable warrants against all absconding suspects and directed investigation officer to arrest them and produce on next date of hearing.