KARACHI: A division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Mrs Ashraf Jahan on Tuesday stopped Pakistan Customs from en-cashing the securities deposited by Velgo International which imported LED lights.

According to details, the consignment was provisionally released under section 81 by the Collectorate West. The collectorate later re-assessed the consignment on We-bock system and raised a demand of rupees 2.5 million in case of each consignment.

A lawyer from Franklin Law Associates appearing for the petitioner submitted that matter pertaining to re-assessment of goods released under section 81 is already sub-judice before SHC besides the re-assessment was conducted after six months of initial assessment rendering the proceedings by Custom officials illegal. The department may be en-cashing the security, the counsel said requesting the court to restrain the Pakistan Custom from encashment.

The same bench also stopped customs from taking action against a petitioner Hawk Traders Impex while issuing notices to the respondents for April 16.

According to details, the petitioner imported hot pots, vaccum cleaners, other home appliances. The custom officials suddenly without issuing show cause notice no re-assessment could be done.

The bench after hearing the sides put of further proceedings till April 16.