SHC suspends attachment of accounts

SHC suspends attachment of accounts

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan suspended an order of attachment of bank accounts while hearing a constitution petition filed by Chem Wing. The petitioner Khawaja Shahid Rashid  moved the court through Adnan Motan advocate against recovery notice, and personal penalty besides order for attachment of bank account of the company. According to petitioner, it imported a consignment of Thioglycolic  Acid or Mercaptoacetic Acid (MAA). It was contended that Custom authorities cleared the consignment after due processing and consignment was "out of charge" when it was detained by Post Audit Clearance, Pakistan Customs. The  importer was served with a notice for recovery of rupees 5200000 besides slapping a personal penalty upon petitioner. The authorities later on 21-11- 2016 ordered attachment of bank accounts for recovery of government dues declaring the petitioner to be a defaulter under section 202 of Customs Act 1969 while attachment order was issued under Rule 139 (4) of the  Custom Rules 2001. The banker Meezan Bank was asked to block/freeze all bank accounts of the petitioner forthwith. The SHC bench after hearing Adnan Motan advocate, the counsel for petitioner suspended the attachment order while putting the respondents on notice for a date to be fixed later by the office of the court.
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