KARACHI: The MCC Appraisement West has submitted the interim challan before the Court of Special Judge (Customs, Taxation & Anti Smuggling), Karachi against the proprietors of M/s Right Way Trading Company and M/s Rempex Trading for attempting to claim inadmissible exemptions on forged documents. The accused are on interim pre-arrest bail.

According to details, M/s. Right Way Trading Company imported a consignment of solar panels, batteries dry and solar LED lights with fitting fixtures and sought clearance vide Goods Declaration filed by the Customs Clearing Agent M/s. Rempex Trading Company.

M/s Right Way Trading Company claimed the clearance of instant consignment with exemption from Custom Duty and submitted a certificate by Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB), which is required for the aforementioned exemptions from duty & taxes.

Upon verification AEDB noted that the above mentioned certificate was meaning thereby that the aforesaid certificate submitted by the importer was forged and fabricated.

It is established that M/s. Right Way Trading Company, Karachi in connivance with M/s Rempex Trading Company submitted forged letter of AEDB for getting the goods cleared with inadmissible exemptions.

Had it gone un-detected, the government would have been deprived of its legitimate revenue to the tune of Rs.4.148 million. The FIR was lodged and investigations were initiated.

The accused importer, Imran Haider of M/s. Right Way Trading Co. after obtaining interim pre-arrest bail joined the investigation and categorically denied all the allegations and stated that the exemptions are otherwise available to the items imported by him without any commensuration letter. Furthermore, the letter was duly issued by the AEDB to his company in respect of the instant consignment and that he neither made second request / application to the AEDB, Islamabad nor managed any fake / forged letter in this regard.

The accused customs clearing agent, Santosh Kumar of M/s. Rempex Trading after obtaining interim pre-arrest bail joined investigation and informed that he had passed on the information and documents obtained from the importers.

AEDB officials denied the processing of any such letter. The investigation carried out so far revealed that some middle men / facilitators were involved in the issuance of subject letter in the name of importer. Investigations are underway to identify these middlemen.

Investigation of the case is still continuing for unearthing the involved officers / officials of the AEDB as well as the middle men / facilitators for filing the case / getting the commensuration letters issued from AEDB on behalf of the importers and other involved culprits.