Customs Court admits accused in pilferage case to interim bail

KARACHI:-Special Customs Courts, Karachi admitted an accused Muhammad Aslam to interim bail against a solvent surety of Rs 200,000 here Tuesday.

The accused was owner of a godown where two containers filled with mobile phones and other miscellaneous items were pilfered and replaced.

The containers were destined for Lahore dry port. The Custom officials raided the godown and arrested two drivers, a daily wager who was emptying the container while fourth one was stated to be the cleaner of the trailer.

The present applicant was not available at the place. He later obtained a protective bail from Sindh High Court

The court asked the Investigating Officer (IO) of Customs that why main accused/ importers escape arrest in such cases.

Later the court after hearing Ms. Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate representing the accused admitted him to bail. The counsel pleading concession of bail maintained that her client was unaware of the illegal activity by the importer and was implicated only being owner of the godown.

MCC Preventive had booked nine persons for switching the goods of a transshipment cargo with less valued goods to defraud exchequer.

Three persons were caught red-handed committing the crime including drivers Munawar Hasan, Shahid Iqbal and one Mohammad Imran.

The absconding accused include Proprietors of M/s Pakistan Enterprises and Clearing Agency M/s Ehsanuddin; Abdul Moiz Bhawany who is also wanted in four different FIRs lodged by Peshawar I&I; Mohammad Sohail and Muzamil Shah are also absconding.

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