SHC allows over 150 petitions challenging Circular issued by Chief Collector, Customs

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan on Wednesday allowed over 100 identical constitution petition filed by importers of different items against denial of provisional release under section 81 of the Customs Act 1969.

The petitions were filed by Sky Overseas, Fotile Kitchen, A.K.K Enterprises, New Light House (Pvt) Ltd, S.K & Co and others challenging the powers of the Director General Valuation or Chief Collector, Pakistan Customs to issue the impugned circular which said that dictum laid down in case Law commonly known as Danish Jahangiri case is not to be followed any more after amendments in custom rules.

Today Chief Collector Customs, Collector Port Qasim and other respondents appeared before the court on notice.

The counsel for petitioners told the court that in view of Danish Jahangiri case, petitioners are entitled to the benefit of section 81 of Customs Act 1969 as they are not challenging the valuation ruling but seeking benefit of provisional release as a matter of right.

The bench after hearing the Chief Collector Customs allowed the petitions announcing a short order with detailed order to follow.

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