KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh on Thursday restrained customs department from taking any adverse action against importer of baby diapers whose consignment is lying into “inbond” since 2015.

Faisal Trading Company moved the court against a notice of recovery and threat that if payment was not made FIR would be lodged against the importer/ petitioner.

A counsel from law firm Franklin Law Associates appearing before the court submitted that consignment in dispute was inbonded in 2015. The customs was approached to release the consignment in 2016, 2017 but now in 2018 the department issued a notice of auction.

The petitioner paid surcharge, etc upto rupees 7.5 million and now they are again demanding rupees 5 million and threaten that in case of non-compliance FIR will be lodged.

The delay, in-action is on the part of the respondents, the counsel submitted apprehending action against his client despite payment.

The bench after a detailed hearing put of further proceedings till July 13 restraining the department from taking any adverse action against the petitioner.