KARACHI: A division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Muhammad Junaid Ghaffar on Thursday disposed of a constitution petition filed by importer of kitchen tableware as he failed to submit proof of payment of custom duty.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Trend International against Secretary FBR, Collector of Customs, and Appraisement (West), Assistant Collector and Deputy Collector Customs, Appraisement (West). The petitioner maintains that he is the importer of Porcelain and Glass Ware (Table Kitchen Ware) from UAE and has imported a number of consignments. The petitioner sought release of consignment on ground that he had made payment of duty. Masooda Wahab advocate assisted by Zafar Hussain advocate disputed the claim and said that payment documents do not bears LC number or any relation to the disputed consignment. The payment documents originates from Dubai and hence cannot be verified, they maintained. They also submitted that the previous Valuation Ruling 645/2014 has been replaced by a new Valuation Ruling 788/2016 dated 5-1-2016 and hence petition has become infructuous.

The bench agreeing to the arguments by counsel for Customs disposed off the petition with the observation that petitioner may approach the concerned Valuation officer for assessment of his consignment.