Special Custom court rejects bail plea of alleged smugglers Six accused booked in huge smuggling case remanded to ASO custody

KARACHI: The Special Customs Court at Karachi on Saturday recalled interim bail granted to six accused allegedly involved in smuggling case and remanded them to the custody of Anti Smuggling Organization (ASO), Preventive for three days.

They  were admitted to interim bail against a solvent surety of rupees 100,000 each by Special Customs Court on Wednesday.

Mehmood Iqbal, importer, clearing agents Qaiser Abbas, Muhammad Idrees, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ahsan and Muzammil, staff member of clearing agent sought bail in three different FIRs registered at ASO, Pakistan Customs, Karachi.

Today the counsel appearing for ASO Preventive opposing confirmation of bail said that the custody of the accused is required for a full scale investigation into a huge smuggling racket involving hundreds of consignments. The beneficiaries are to be identified and booked and unless the accused are properly investigated, the objective could not be achieved, the counsel stated. The Special Court Judge after hearing the counsel from Franklin Law Associates representing the accused and custom’s counsel rejected the bail applications while remanding the accused for three days into ASO’s custody. The case is fixed for hearing on Tuesday next.

According to FIR’s the accused got a consignment cleared declaring it of comprising old/used clothes. The ASO on a tip off raided at City Railway Station, shed and found that container was full of auto parts, ipads and other electronic items of higher value. The two other containers of the importers were held and later during examination, case of mis-declaration and attempted smuggling was made out.

The counsel for  accused maintains that the main culprit is absconding in the case while shipping agent accused of tampering with Bill of Lading has been arrested and in custody of Pakistan Customs.

The accused present before court were  not involved as their license given for petty pecuniary gain was misused, the counsel from Franklin Law Associates told the court. He also submitted that  FIR was lodged in case of a consignment against which no GD was  filed. It is a case of further inquiry and accused/applicants will cooperate with the investigating officer, the counsel assured the court.

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