SHC defers contempt proceedings against AC, DC Customs

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Irfan Sadaat Khan and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan on Wednesday deferred contempt of court proceedings against two senior custom officers till Dec 08.

The bench earlier heard Mirza Sarfraz Ahmed advocate, counsel for petitioner Nawabzada who filed the contempt of court application against alleged contemnors namely Shah Faisal Sahu, Assistant Collector and Ataullah Shabbir, Deputy Collector for selling the Toyota Passo vehicle imported by the petitioner despite stay order passed by the SHC.

According to details, petitioner imported the vehicle of model 2011 but Customs after inspection held that it was of 2012 model and thus comes within the “Over Age Limit”. The custom authorities refused to release the vehicle at which a petition was filed against Pakistan Customs. A SHC bench later disposed of the petitioner directing the Ministry of Commerce to extend the same concession as was given to other importers.

The Customs was also ordered to release the vehicle and while issuing an ad interim order Custom was restrained from auctioning the vehicle but in utter disregard of the order of the court, the vehicle has been sold at which present contempt proceedings were initiated by the petitioner/importer of the vehicle.

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