SHC orders release of luxury vehicle against security deposit

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Arshad Hussain on Friday ordered release of a luxury Range Rover against a security of rupees 1 crore 74 lac.

The bench was hearing a constitutional petition filed by owner of the said vehicle which was seized by the Anti Smuggling Organisation (ASO) of Pakistan Customs allegedly for being smuggled one.

Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate appearing for the petitioner side claims that the vehicle was duly registered by the Motor Vehicle Registration authorities and now its seizure is illegal.

Masooda Siraj advocate appearing for the respondent questioned the registration and said petitioner shall come up with import documents in respect of vehicle to establish that it was legally imported and lawfully registered in the country. She submitted the copies of the notice under section 171 of Customs Act 1969.

The bench after hearing the sides ordered the petitioner to submit security worth rupees 1 crore 74 lac equal to amount of custom duty and taxes. The Nazir of the court was asked to release the vehicle after verifying the security documents. The petitioner was also restrained from selling the vehicle and was bound down to produce the vehicle whenever required by the court.

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