Banned pharmaceutical chemical import; another accused arrested

KARACHI: The joint team of R&D East and R&D West has arrested another accused namely Bukht Khan, involved in the import and clearance of banned pharmaceutical chemicals while the prime accused Mohammad Ali Chandna has been released on bail.

The invoices of consignments containing banned pharmaceutical chemical were bearing the NTN number issued on the CNIC of Bukht Khan.

It may be recalled that Mohammad ali Chandna of M/s Pure Enterprises was importing Pharmaceutical raw material with the vague description of “SDO” & “Preservative ACJC” from China at the lowest declared value of $ 0.30/kg.

It was known the impugned pharmaceutical material is in fact consisting of Paracetamol and Aspirin which being costly items. The declared / assessed value should have not less than $4/kg & $6/kg respectively. Further, the import of these goods is restricted in accordance with the provisions of Drugs (Import & Export), Rules, 1976 and Import Policy Order 2013-14. As the scam was detected, R&D East lodged an FIR against the accused and later arrested him.

R&D East and R&D West joint formed by Chief Collector Appraisement South Nasir Masroor and comprised of well reputed and competent personnel went to Mingora, Swat and after tracking the suspect arrested him.

The 3-member team comprising Appraising officers Shahid Ibrahim Dasti, Ashfaq-ur-Rehman and Adil Rasheed brought him to Karachi before Customs court and his statement was recorded.

Bukht Khan informed the court that he was a driver at M/s Canwell Laboratories where the imported chemicals were delivered. He added that he was just a driver drawing Rs7,000 per month and his CNIC was used without his consent.

Chandna was released on bail against a surety of Rs1.0 million and Rs5.0 million were deposited with court Nazir as security against duty/taxes on the goods.

 

 

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