Clearing agent gets protection against harassment by Customs

KARACHI: The owner of Mayo Enterprises, a clearing agent which served the importers of LED lights, parts and chandeliers get protection on Friday when a custom appellate bench of High Court of Sindh directed Pakistan custom officials to not to arrest the petitioner.

The bench heard submission by a lawyer from law firm Franklin Law Associates who maintained that the petitioner was being summoned to the custom office and made to sit for hours at custom house. He was also threatened of being nominated in FIR’s along with the importers of the goods in dispute. This is nothing but harassment, contended the counsel seeking protection against the alleged excesses of the respondent custom officials.

The bench after hearing arguments at length ordered custom officials concerned not to arrest the petitioner and also not to block his NTN. If some material evidence is found against the petitioner he shall be provided an opportunity of hearing and then any action strictly in accordance with law can be taken, the bench ordered.

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