SHC to hear medicine smuggling case on Dec 22

KARACHI: A division bench of High Court of Sindh comprising Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan on Thursday deferred hearing of an alleged medicine smuggling case till Dec 22 on the request of respondent custom officers.

M.Amir Nadeem, an accused in an alleged smuggling case moved the court maintaining that he was working as a clerk in Ahmed Food International, established inside Karachi Export Processing Zone (KEPZ). On 5-5-2014 he was driving a Toyota Corona car model 1997, registration number ABH 020 when the vehicle was intercepted at the gate of the KEPZ  and a FIR was lodged  after alleged recovery of 5×20 boxes of Isoptin injections and 28×200 boxes of Cytotec tablets.

The petitioner maintains that show cause notice was issued to him by the Customs after lapse of period (mandatory) and the period was later extended by the Collector Customs Adjudication II,  extended time period exercising his powers purportedly under section 168 (2) of Customs Act 1969.

The petitioner prays to the court to declare the extension as illegal.

Today at the hearing, counsel for Collector Customs, Adjudication, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, respondent in the petition submitted that copies of the petition were not supplied to him. The bench ordered the petitioner’s counsel to  supply copy of all documents to the respondent while fixing Dec 22 as date for a final hearing.

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