Accused in huge tax evasion case admitted to pre-arrest bail

KARACHI: The Special Customs Court Judge, Syed Faiz Rasool Shah Rasihdi admitted Muhammad Aslam Soomro accused of evading tax to the tune of Rs 3291.72 million, to bail against a solvent surety of rupees 0.2 million.

The counsel for accused arguing the bail plea, submitted that accused is being falsely implicated in this case. The counsel said that his client is ready to face trial, therefore, the court may grant him bail. After the arguments, the court granted him bail and observed in its order that,

“Without touching the merits of the case, ad-interim after-arrest bail is granted to accuse Muhammad Aslam Soomro s/o Allah Rakhio subject to surety in the sum of Rs 200,000 to the satisfaction of this court” the special court judge ordered

The court also directed the accused to join investigation. The court also fixed March 1, 2017 for conformation of bail application. The custom court also issued notice to the special prosecutor for the Custom Department and called case papers for the next date of hearing.

The court had already issued non-bailable warrants against 165 owners/directors and representatives of different companies in this case.

According to the prosecution, the suspects were involved in issuance of fake/flying invoices and evaded the duty and taxes in the tune of Rs 3291.72 million.

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