KARACHI: Pakistan Custom (Preventive) was restrained by a custom appellate bench of High Court of Sind from taking action against Falcon Oil Filling Station operating at Korangi Fish Harbour under Explosive Act or for want of License of Petroleum Products.

The bench was hearing a stay application filed In a suit by the said company.
The bench earlier heard a counsel from law firm Franklin Law Associates who said that plaintiff company’s operation are under threat on presumption that it is operating without licenses. The counsel submitted that plaintiff company has licenses from three oil suppliers and have  permission from KPT, Department of Explosives.

It was further contended that lincenses are under renewal. The counsel also relied on Rule 119 (1) & (2) of Petroleum Rules 1937 which says that  if an application for renewal is made and pending renewal it would seem renewed unless an intimation  of decline is received.

The bench after hearing the counsel for Falcon Oil Filling Station restrained customs from taking any coercive action against the company in respect of Explosive Licence while any other action under law was allowed. Notice was also issued to the respondents for Feb 16.

The company operating at KFHA since decades supplying fuel to fishing boats and trawlers was raised on ground that it is storing and supplying smuggled oil and operating without permission from relevant authorities. An FIR is also registered against owner and Manger who are now on interim bail.