D.I.T files appeals against acquittal of accused involved in Mega scam of Steel Sheets

KARACHI: As many as a dozen appeals have been filed by Directorate of Intelligence & Investigations (D.I.T) against acquittal of accused in alleged mega scam of steel sheets.

The appeals were filed by Syed Mehmood Alam Rizvi advocate representing Director of D.I.T against respondents including Huzaifa Sachwani of Metallurgy International. M Abdullah and Rubina Begum of M/s Cosmos Trading Development, Muhammad Mohtashim Mirza, Faizan of Royal Impex.

The respondents were acquitted by the Special Judge Customs, Taxation and Anti-smuggling on 232-2021 against which order the instant appeal and other identical appeals were filed against different sets of accused/respondent individuals.

It is evident from the contents of the impugned order by the Trial Court that  even actual facts were not taken into consideration, the appeal said.

“With great respect, prima facie, it seems that the impugned order has been passed as per dictates of the respondents”, the appeal said adding different law points and referring to different parts of the impugned judgment.

As per details, a cartel is involved in this mega scam which used to import steel sheets for Pakistani Territory. Later upon arrival fake, forged fabricated documents were filed and goods were taken to the Karachi Export Processing Zone and with active connivance of officials of Pakistan Customs at Port of Entry and as well as KEPZ, the GD were filed and goods were got released at zero rated Additional Custom Duty, Additional Sales Tax, Income Tax etc and in instant case F.I.R amount of taxes, duty evades were calculated at rupees 70,362,616. The foreign exchange was twice sent from Pakistani resources to supplier outside hence it falls within the ambit of Anti Money Laundering Act 2010.

The appeal have been numbered and are likely to come up for hearing after summer vacations.

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