SHC grants urgency, fixes hearing on June 02

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Arshas Hussain Khan on Tuesday granted an application for an urgent hearing by Anam Traders, Hyderabad of a constitution petition against Intelligence and Investigations, Pakistan Customs.

The counsel for petitioner explaining urgency submitted that due to delay in release of undisputed goods the company is facing erosion of business activity and huge financial loss.

The Member Administration FBR, Chairman FBR, Director General, Pakistan Customs Intelligence and Investigations,Collector Customs, Model Customs Collectorate Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Director Customs and Examining Officer, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim are cited as respondents in the petition.

The petitioner maintains that it imported a consignment comprising PVC Speed Breaker, Horn Monster Brand, Circuit Breaker Brand Ovel, Mini Switch, Motorcycle Spoket chain and plastic flower (assorted). The petitioner completed all formalities and paid the custom duty, taxes etc amounting to rupees 21, 56, 877 on 31-8-2016. The consignment was out of charge and gate pass was also issued but I&I officials detained the consignment on ground that it contains some items which were not declared and thus section 79 and 80 of the Customs Act 1969 was violated.

The petitioner went into appeal and as per judgment by the special custom appellate tribunal, custom officials were directed to remit the fine, penalty and to release the consignment but same was not implemented  forcing the petitioner to file the instant petition.

The bench today hearing the application for urgent hearing fixed June 02 for a detailed hearing.

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