KARACHI: The team formed by Mohammad Saleem Collector Appraisement West to examine and assesses motorcycle parts/kits consignments at MCC Hyderabad has returned without finding any wrongdoing.
Team comprising Usman Tariq Assistant Collector, Shahid Dasti Appraiser, Abdul Aziz appraiser and Arif Ahmed Examiner examined two consignments, which had not been examined by DG I&I, and no irregularity in terms of weight, quantity etc was found. The team would submit its report on Thursday.
Lutfullah Virk, in a letter to Chairman FBR, informed that three motorcycle assemblers including M/s Memon Motors, Ms Raazy Motors and M/s D.S Motors pilfered a huge quantity of motorcycle parts/kits during the transit of TP consignments from Karachi to Hyderabad.
In one case, one container was intercepted after clearance and the same was re-examined and weighment was also carried out. Weight of 16.6 MT was recorded at Hyderabad against the ascertained weight of 27.9 MT recorded at Karachi indicating a difference of 11.3 MT i.e. 68 percent.
Virk had informed that there was evasion of revenue to the tune of Rs489 million during the last two years by the above mentioned manufacturers. Moreover, the DG I&I had also conducted a detailed analysis of imports carried out by various other motorcycle manufacturers throughout Pakistan.
In the case of fraudulent duty/tax evasion by motorcycle assemblers, the Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation was stayed to pursue the investigations by the Sindh high Court. However, Lutfullah Virk, DG I&I has asked MCC Appraisement West to pursue the case.
As many as 9 more consignments of these importers are still at KICT. However TP for these consignments have not been filed as yet. As soon as the TP is filed, these will be 100 percent examined in Karachi.
Intelligence sources said that the issue was subjudice and High Court has suspended DG I&I FIR in this regard, “but we have all the evidence which we would present before the court regarding all the past history of the scam. We made the case on concrete information and we examined only those consignments, which were reported to be at fault,” sources said.