MCC Exports Port Qasim books habitual accused for fraud and forgery

KARACHI: MCC Exports Port Qasim has lodged an FIR against M/s Royal Impex, M/s Cosmos Trading Development and Muhammad Abdullah for mis-declaring imported and submission of fake and fabricated documents to evade government revenue.

According to details, M/s Cosmos Trading on behalf of M/s Procon Engineering filed two GDs declared to be iron and steel sheets CRC (prime quality) for clearance from M/s Royal Impex to tariff area.

M/s Cosmos Trading submitted invoices and packing list mentioning the M/s Euro Steel Company LTD South Korea, and consignee M/s Royal Impex Export Processing Zone Karachi. The agent also provided a copy of LC in the favor of M/s Euro Steel.

Scrutiny of the documents revealed that the copy of LC had been tampered with to change the name of the beneficiary as M/s Euro Steel Company, which actually had been in the favor of M/s Dollar Steel South Korea.

It was established that M/s Cosmos Trading Development in connivance with M/s Royal Impex KEPZ in order to meet the purchase order as per approved quota of M/s Procon Engineering and subsequent export to tariff area made forgery in the LC, which otherwise was irrelevant. They also misdeclared the goods as prime quality to claim the undue benefit of concessionary SRO.

The accused attempted to defraud the government exchequer of its legitimate revenue of Rs10.9 million.

On the directives of Collector Saifuddin Junejo, Additional Collector Mona Baloch has formed a team comprising Deputy Collectors Rana Aftab, Ali Ijaz and Principal Appraiser Javaid Khalid scrutinize all consignments of KEPZ.

It may be mentioned here that Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation has lodged several FIRs against the above-mentioned accused in similar cases of fraud and forgery.

A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprisinga Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mahmood A Khan on Thursday issued contempt notices to alleged contemnors including Saifuddin Junejo Collector Customs (Export), Moona Baloch, Additional Collector Customs (Export), Aftab DeputyCollector (Export) of MCC Port Muhammad Bin Qasim.

Petitioner submitted that legally imported consignments of the petitioner were provisioally released under section 81 of the Customs Act 1969 at LME price by the Collectorate concerned but respondent Export collectorate issued four show cause notices. The alleged contemnors are violating the orders of SHC passed on 10-10-2019 and 24-10-2019.

Meanwhile, MCC Exports Port Qasim submitted an affidavit before the court that the case was already subjudice as Contravention were served on the accused, and on the basis of Contravention, Show Cause Notices were issued pending decision. Court was informed the accused already had legal remedy available, which they should avail.

Court was also informed that the accused had not come to the court with clean hands.

MCC Exports Port Qasim has prayed before the court to dismiss the petition of the accused and order them to join the Adjudication proceedings.

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