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Customs Court frames charge against suspect in illegal removal of goods case

Customs Court frames charge against suspect in illegal removal of goods case

KARACHI: The Customs Court framed charge against suspect namely Hamza Bandukda and summoned witnesses for statement on next date of hearing, suspect was nominated in First Information (FIR) losses of revenue amounting to Rs1,94,765,264 to the national exchequer by illegal removal of warehouse goods from the warehouse HECOTEX.

On 18 October 2021, above mentioned accused and his counsel appeared before the court, after formalities, court framed charge against him and asked him for guilty or wants to proceedings, suspect denied charged, therefore, court issued summons to prosecution witnesses and directed investigation officer to produce prosecution witnesses for next date of hearing for recording their statements.

According to the prosecution, above mentioned accused and others are allegedly involved in illegal removal of velvet suiting fabric, chiffon suiting weighing 171, 421 kg were warehoused against 11 goods declarations, but now in place of said warehoused goods some pieces of useless cloths are present which also with complete difference in weight.

Case was registered for violation under section 2 (s) of the customs act, 1969 read with section 156(2), 187 & 187 of act ibid further read with section 3(i) of the imports & export control act, 1950 and other related laws and other relevant laws.

Investigation officer has completed the investigation and submitted a progress report before the court and court also approved and took charge sheet on court record.

Trial court has directed the investigation officer to submit a final charge sheet against a comprehensive investigation.