SHC seek affidavits of respondent custom officials Liqour smuggling case

KARACHI: The hearing of a contempt of court application in an alleged case of smuggling of Liqour under garb of  “Diplomatic Cargo” was adjourned till Dec 22 by a custom appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC), comprising Justice Muhammad Junaid Ghaffar and Justice Agha Faisal.

The petition was filed by one Syed Khurram H. Naqvi who alleged that despite order of the SHC to not to take coercive action, the custom officials have detained consignments imported for UAE Embassy, Islamabad.

According to details, a Customs party on night between September 23 & 24 intercepted a container truck at Toll Plaza Hyderabad. The truck was escorted by two Police Mobiles without any number plate and a Toyota Corolla Car bearing Registration Number GSA 098.

As per FIR, the policemen resisted the custom officials who took the custody of the truck and container and brought the same to DIT, Hyderabad. The truck driver presented Import Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad. The search of the container lead to recovery of 404 bottle of Liqour and 20 cases of Beer. The further probe lead to revelation that facility of import of liqour for UAE Embassy was being misused and thousands of bottles were imported under the said facility which allows limited import.

The customs booked Naveed Yamin as main accused who allegedly in collusion with Ghias Junejo son of Roshan Junejo, a political big wig master minded the smuggling network of foreign liquor under garb of diplomatic cargo and immunity.

During yesterday’s hearing, the court however expressed serious reservation over the conduct of custom officials and observed that Customs Preventive of Port Qasim is violating orders of the SHC. We are showing restraint, the bench observed. The bench then asked the respondent custom officials to submit their affidavits in the case by next date of hearing which was fixed to be Dec 22.

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