Customs Court acquits clearing agent, Ex-bonding

KARACHI: The Judge, Special Customs & Excise Court, Karachi has acquitted a Customs Clearing agent Zahid Farooq booked by Pakistan Customs in an alleged case of removal of goods from In-Bond goods.

According to details R&D department got information that some elements are removing goods from In Bond Ware House. A team was constituted which raided a PWL N0 9/1986 namely VIP Warehouse located at F-77 B, SITE Limited Karachi and found that goods pertaining to eight GDs of MCC, Appraisement, West and 17 GDs pertaining to MCC, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim were removed illegally by Messers A. H. International, Jumani Brothers and Shafique & Sons Associates. According to FIR, Customs Clearing agent M/S Trade Port was also involved in the illegal removal.

An FIR was also lodged against the present applicant Rana Zahid Farooq of Trade Port. A counsel from law firm Franklin Law Associates appearing before Sadaf Asif, Special Judge Customs & Excise, Karachi submitted that the applicant accused only filed In Bond GD while Ex-bonding was applied by the importers. The clearing agent has no role in the alleged offence, he pleaded.

The trial court judge after perusal of case papers and FIR agreed that no evidence is available against the Rana Zahid Farooq. He could not be convicted and thus he was acquitted of alleged charge, the trial court held recording acquittal of the applicant/accused.

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