KARACHI: The Sindh high Court has stayed Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation, FBR from taking any coercive action against M/s First Lock Enterprises pursuant to the FIR lodged against them till next date of hearing i.e. July 05, 2014.

Through a petition, M/s First Lock Enterprises impugned the registration of FIR by the Diroctorate General of Intelligence and Investigation, FBR on ground that the Directorate acted malafidely and without jurisdiction while intercepting the consignment of the petitioner within port area when merely the goods declaration was filed and also forwarded samples to the Customs laboratory for their chemical analysis, which authority according to petitioner is not vested in the office of Directorate.

As per the petition, it is the duty and function of the concerned Collectorate to assess the goods declaration and pass appropriate order of assessment or adjudication as the case may be.

The petition referred to the judgment of Sindh High Court Division Bench in the case of Saadat Khan v/s Federation of Pakistan, which held that the Directorate of Intelligence does not have jurisdiction to either supervise or intervene in the process of assessment or adjudication by the concerned Collectorate, particularly when the consignment is within the port area.