Court issues non-bail-able warrants of Sharjeel, Shahrukh; rejects plea of Arif Humayun

KARACHI: The Special Court of Customs has issued non-bail-able arrest warrants of Sharjeel Jamal and Shahrukh Jamal for being prime accused in the switch bill of lading case.

Sharjeel Jamal and Shahrukh Jamal are accused in respect of several FIR’s lodged against M/s AMI Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd for committing a fraud by issuing of switch Bills of Lading in connivance with several importers, clearing agents and got cleared different goods by mis-declaring the vital information with regard to the shipper’s name, port of loading, country of origin to claim inadmissible FTA benefit and clearing banned products.

The MCC Appraisement East had submitted Challans in respect of 13 FIRs before the court, of which Sharjeel and Shahrukh have availed interim-bail from the high court in four cases. Judge Faizullah Rashidi has issued non-bail-able arrest warrants against the accused in 09 FIRs.

The Special Court Customs has rejected the bail plea of Arif Humayun, former CEO of M/s AMI Pakistan and arrested for being involved in the scam wherein M/s AMI Pakistan in connivance of importers and clearing agents fraudulently mis-declared the port of loading to avail certain benefits.

The investigations into the scam were conducted by a team formed by Collector Dr. Uwais Agha Jawwad and after rigorous effort the team Deputy Collector Ghulam Nabi Kamboh and Appraising Officers Shahid Ibrahim Dasti, Irshad Ahmed, Zulfiqar Zaman and Javed Khalid, unfolded various aspects of the case.

AMI Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd has been booked for committing a fraud by issuing of switch Bills of Lading in connivance with several importers, clearing agents and got cleared different goods by mis-declaring the vital information with regard to the shipper’s name, port of loading, country of origin to claim inadmissible FTA benefit and clearing banned products.

Sources told customnews.pk that M/s AMI Pakistan, which is a company of Marine Group, in connivance with importers and clearing agents switched the Bill of Lading and mis-declared the port of loading as China instead of actual countries.

Sources said a large quantity of steel coils, fabric and lubricants were imported into the country in this manner inflicting huge loss to the national economy.

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