KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan on Wednesday ordered Anti-Smuggling Organisation (ASO) to produce an oil tanker before Nazir of court on April 20.

The bench was hearing a constitutional petition filed by Ehsanullah, owner of the oil tanker, represented by Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen Advocate. The petitioner submitted that on 20-9-2015, ASO of Pakistan Customs conducted an operation on Super Highway during which petrol pumps, storages, dispensers were searched. The vehicle of the petitioner station at a petrol dump was also taken into custody on charge of being laden with smuggled HSD.

The counsel for petitioner submitted that owner produced purchase documents issued by the BYCO company but still it was detained and not being released.

Masooda Siraj and Rashid Arfi advocates appearing for the department said that driver available with the vehicle fled away during raid and only later the documents of purchase were produced.

The bench after hearing the custom side also in detail, ordered the respondent ASO officials to produce and hand over the vehicle to Nazir of the SHC on or before April 20 when the next hearing in the petition is due.