SHC orders release of 5 consignment of donated items in two days

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice  Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan on Wednesday allowing a petition filed by Sahara Welfare Trust ordered Deputy Collector R&D, Model Customs Collectorate (MCC), East to release five consignments within two days time.

The court also ordered that compliance report be submitted with the MIT of SHC in two days time. The respondent DC, R&D issued a letter to the petitioner trust under section 26 and 155 (i) of the Customs Act 1969 seeking some details including the welfare activities on ground that imported items are in commercial quantity. The petitioner trust responded by writing two letters including one dated 28-8-2018 and 13-9-2018 wherein all details inquired into were furnished. However the hold placed on the consignment was not lifted forcing the petitioner to file a constitution petition through counsel Mss. Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate.

The bench  after hearing arguments in detail and perusing documents including certificate of exemption issued by the Regional Tax Office (RTO) concerned, allowing the petition ordered the respondents to release the consignments in two days and to file a compliance report with MIT (Member Inspection Team) of SHC after release.

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