SHC issue notices in petition by tricycle importers

SHC issue notices in petition by tricycle importers

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan on Monday issued notices in a petition filed by importers of tricycle (Battery Operated). Ghulam ullah Sheikh advocate of Franklin Law Associates appearing for the petitioners/importers Ms Farooq Corporation and Sain Enterprises submitted that as per show cause notice issued by the respondents, petitioners evaded duty and taxes to the tune of rupees 9,92,000. He submitted that the petitioners are ready to pay the alleged amount evaded. He prayed to the court to direct the respondents to release the consignment on payment of alleged evaded amount pending adjudication proceedings. The petitioner also maintained that it was not a case of mis-declaration but it was a bonafide mistake by shipper who instead of knocked down tricycles shipped assembled units. The petitioners M. Farooq of Farooq Corporation and Karim Bux of Sai Enterprises were earlier  booked by Directorate of Customs Intelligence (Enforcement) and MCC Appraisement West simultaneously after a dispute between the two wings of Pakistan Customs over jurisdiction. The Court received both the FIRs and said it would ascertain the jurisdiction, after which one of the FIRs would be accepted. As per the facts reported by Directorate of Customs Intelligence, information was received that M/s Farooq Corporation was importing baby tricycle battery operated in the garb of baby trike parts through mis-declaration of description and gross under valuation. Monitoring was kept and a GD filed through M/s Sai Enterprises after having been cleared was assigned to gate out staff through Yellow Channel. The consignment was online blocked and upon examination was found to be containing Baby Tricycle battery operated instead of declared baby trike parts. An amount of Rs0.992 million was evaded. Today the bench after hearing the counsel for petitioners issued notices to the respondents for Dec 23.
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