Sharjeel files petitions, bail application before SHC

KARACHI: Notices were issued to the respondent custom officers for March 17 by a divisional bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan in a constitutional petition filed by Sharjeel Jamal, a Customs clearing and forwarding agent.

Barrister Farogh A Naseem advocate appearing for the petitioner in chamber as lawyers have boycotted the day’s proceedings against Shabqadar court bomb blast submitted that the Custom officers were registering one FIR after another against the petitioner.

The petitioner was being targeted and all FIRs are under same sections and same type of contravention, he submitted pleading mala fide of custom officers. The bench after hearing the counsel for petitioner who has so far been booked in 19 cases ordered issuance of notices to the respondents including Collector Customs East, West, Adjudication , Deputy Attorney General and others for March 17.

Meanwhile the same individual has filed a bail application in a new case registered against him, which is likely to come up on Thursday or Friday.

The applicant/petitioner is accused of importing cloth from India but claimed it to be of Chinese origin. Pakistan Customs maintains that local industry suffered badly due to violation of ban, import policy and submission of forged documents. So far, hundreds of cases have been detected. AMI a freight forwarding company and custom officials have been facing inquiry and action for alleged connivance with Sharjeel Jamal.

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