Fabric case hearing adjourned as Customs file appeal before Supreme Court of Pakistan

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan Thursday adjourned hearing of a contempt of court application filed by Horizon Enterprises which imported fabric from China.

When the application was taken up, Sohail Muzaffar and Masooda Siraj advocate appearing for the respondent officials submitted  that an appeal against the orders of the SHC has been filed before the  Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The appeal would be heard by the apex court bench on Friday, the counsel told the SHC bench seeking adjournment.

The bench after this statement  by the counsel for respondents/alleged contemnors adjourned further hearing in contempt plea till Dec 28.

The court on Tuesday issued notices in the contempt application for Thursday, Dec 22.

Ghulam ullah Sheikh advocate of Franklin Law Associates representing the petitioner/applicant  moved the application  seeking  contempt proceedings against the Collector, Deputy Collector, Assistant Collector and others of Port Muhammad Bin Qasim Customs as according to them , the alleged contemnors despite order of the court directing the Custom authorities of Port Muhammad Bin Qasim  failed to release the consignments.
The non-implementation of order of this court is contempt, he submitted adding that order was not challenged before the next higher forum nor any interim order from higher forum is available.

The consignments were detained by the Custom authorities on allegation of being Indian origin. The bench on a previous hearing asked the Collector Customs to satisfy the court about the reason for holding consignments of fabric on ground that it was of Indian origin as no factory in China produces the fabric in question. As the court was not satisfied with the reason for detaining the consignment, the court on Dec 07 ordered custom authorities to release of the same without any delay.

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