SHC allows making Chief Collector party in petition

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro and Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar allowed an application for amending the title of a petition seeking release of an alleged smuggled vehicle, presently in custody of Collector Customs, Preventive.

According to details Abid Muhammad, owner of a Toyota Premio car moved the court against confiscation of vehicle owned by him. The petitioner alleges that he owns a car show room. The officials of Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) came to his place and demanded extortion/ protection money. Upon refusal the took the vehicle away and later confiscated it. The petitioner was asked to produce the documents to prove it a legally imported vehicle. The petitioner responded by filing auction papers issued by Customs Collectorate, Quetta but the vehicle was not returned at which the petitioner filed a petition.

Filing a new authorization to represent the petitioner, Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate submitting the application sought permission to amend the title and make Collector Customs, Preventive party to the petition. She maintained that ACLC after filing of the instant petition handed over the custody of vehicle to the Preventive Collectorate. She maintained that in view of new development, amending the petition and citing Preventive Collectorate is inevitable.

The bench agreeing to the arguments advanced by the counsel for petitioner allowed the application while putting of further proceedings to an unspecified date.

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