SHC restrains Chief Collector Appraisement South, Coercive encashment of securities

KARACHI: The respondent officials of Pakistan Customs including Chief Collector, Appraisement South, Director General and Director (Valuation) were restrained by a customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh from encashing securities/cheques deposited with respondents against provisional release of consignments.

The bench comprising Justice Muhammad Junaid Ghaffar and Justice Mahmood A Khan was hearing a counsel from law firm Franklin Law Associates representing M/S A.R. Azfar General Merchant and S.M.A.S Impex, Karachi.

The counsel from the Franklin Law Associates submitted that  the appeal preferred under section 194-A of the Customs Act 1969 is pending before the Customs Appellate Tribunal impunging an Order in Revision dated 23-10-2020.

The court was informed that the tribunal is not fully functional at present while taking advantage, respondents are trying to encash the security/cheques deposited for provisional release of the consignments. The apprehension of coercive measures was also advanced by the counsel for the petitioner.

The bench after hearing the sides disposed the petitions directing the respondents to not to en-cash the security / cheques.

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