Auction of banned goods: FIR lodged against Appraising Officer

KARACHI: Directorate of Transit Trade Karachi, after the approval of Director Feroz Alam Junejo, has lodged an FIR against several persons including Appraising Officer Muhammad Zaman Jamali in the case of auction of confiscated goods including banned goods.

Appraising Officer Sher Khan is appointed IO of the case. Khan has ample experience of investigation. An official said more persons including auctioneer and bidder would also be nominated in the FIR as investigation proceeds.

Meanwhile, Directorate of Transit Trade has ordered reexamination of auctioned lots pending for delivery and auction able lots already examined.

Directorate of Transit Trade detected and stayed auction of banned and contraband goods being held in the garb of plastic products and dish antennas at PICT. The goods which were being auctioned included combat boots, camouflage fabric, caps; water proof fabric; camouflage rain gear; attachment of weapons; rifle scopes; laser scopes; dish antennas, and PVC panels.

On reports of misdoings in the auction section, Former Director Transit Trade had made Assistant Director Shahid Rizvi in-charge of the auction. Another well reputed appraising Zeeshan Wazir was also assigned auction.

On the directives of Assistant Director Shahid Rizvi, Appraising Officer Zeeshan Wazir conducted scrutiny of delivery order.

Zeeshan Wazir, a new batch officer, counter-checked the data of the consignments auctioned on WeBOC and found there were banned items in these containers. Afterwards, adjudication authority ordered for confiscation of goods. But the terminal operator PICT hadn’t physically confiscated the goods as importer didn’t cleared the goods.

Whereas examination report for auction mentioned only two items against total 23 items confiscated.

Appraising Officer Zaman jamali had arranged the auction, and in his examination report for auction, Jamali mentioned the goods to be plastic hangers, toilet brushes, plastic profile, dish antennas. He also under declared the weight of the goods. Based on the examination report, Assistant Director had approved the auction.

Seeing the scrutiny details, Shahid Rizvi alerted the Director Feroz Alam Junejo and the auction was immediately stayed.

 

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