SHC calls response from customs by March 10 vehicle amnesty scheme

KARACHI: The customs department was asked by a customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) to submit it response to a petition pertaining to release of a vehicle under amnesty scheme.

The bench comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mahmood A Khan earlier heard Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen Advocate who informed the bench that the petitioner applied for release of vehicle imported by him under Amnesty scheme. The chassis number of the vehicle was wrongly mentioned in the which is causing loss to the importer because of delay.

The bench asked the department to look into the case and submit a written reply by March 10, the next date of hearing.

The same bench also called reply to a petition filed by an importer of ladies sandals from Iran.

Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate appearing for the petitioner maintained that implementation of the order of the tribunal is involved in this petition.

The counsel for customs submitted that a Special Customs Reference has been filed by the department challenging order of the Customs Appellate Tribunal. He was however unable to inform the bench of number assigned to the said SCRA.

The counsel for petitioner prayed to the court to allow provisional release of the imported consignments against securing of duty, taxes,  etc stating that the consignment would be damaged if release id delayed any further. The sole of the sandals will be detached in hot weather, she said.

The bench in view of the possible damage to the consignment deferred hearing till Feb 27 directing the customs to submit written reply.

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