NAB takes action on green channel mega scam after Customs Today’s extensive coverage

KARACHI: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken custody of clearing agents Muhammad Idress s/o Yousaf, Muhammad Ali s/o Muhammad Idress and Imran Khan s/o Saifur Rahman from Central Jail Karachi in a corruption scam. These suspects were already in the custody of the customs court for evading taxes and duties to the tune of Rs74,036,216.

On 12 September 2019, Senior Superintendent Central Jail Karachi informed the customs court that above-mentioned suspects were handed over to NAB Karachi for interrogation in good health condition as per medical certificate issued by medical officer of Central Jail.

According to the interim charge sheet submitted in customs court against Imran owner of M/s Al-Aswed Associates, Muhammad Irfan of M/s ERA Marine Agencies, Ihtishaam and Muhammad Idress of M/s SHUFS Logistics, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ahsan, Muzamil and others, information was received that above-mentioned accused actually imported a consignment of used clothing 16600 kgs from United Kingdom contrary to actual port of loading Jabel Ali, UAE.

He further stated that information further revealed that the importers in active connivance with their clearing agents and other accomplices have mis-declared description, quantity, origin and classification of the imported goods by submitting false, fake and fabricated information to evade legitimate government revenue.

He disclosed that during the examination of said consignment, customs officials found multi-function printers, used laptops, laptops cables, smartphones, used LG tablets with SIMs and other goods with a total value of Rs 70,874,595.

Investigation officer said in his charge sheet that during the investigation, it was revealed that above-mentioned importers submitted incorrect information and committed a fraud by issuing false bill of lading by mentioning port of loading as London Gateway instead of actual port of loading Jabel Ali UAE, therefore a case was registered against them for violation of Customs Act 1969, and for giving incorrect information to defraud customs as well as national exchequer. According to the charge sheet, Imran Haroon and Muhammad Irfan are confined in Central Jail Karachi and 6 suspects are still absconders in this case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken action against accused involved in mega green channel scam case after Customs Today’s coverage of the scandal, inflicting heavy loss on the exchequer. Customs Today has been extensively reporting the green channel abuse in the country, after which the NAB came into action and decided to tighten the noose around green channel smugglers.

According to details, the NAB issued non-bailable arrest warrants of accused Muhammad Idrees son of Yousuf bearing CNIC # 42301-6816256-9, Muhammad Ali son of Muhammad Idrees bearing CNIC # 42301-7975350-0 and Imran Khan son of Saif-ur-Rehman bearing CNIC # 42201-6884666-7 for causing huge loss to national kitty.

Sources told Customs Today that NAB Additional Director after approval of DG NAB Karachi, Brig Farooq Nasir Awan (retd), who has been actively pursuing cases of mega corruption including green channel scam, has written to the Superintendent, Central Jail, Jail Chowrangi, Karachi, for execution of warrants of arrests-inquiry against officials/officers of Customs Department and others regarding illegal import of electronics and grey fabrics in the garb of second hand clothing, causing loss to national exchequer.