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Customs Court grants bail to suspects in illegal clearance of vehicles case

Customs Court grants bail to suspects in illegal clearance of vehicles case


KARACHI: The Customs Court granted pre-arrest bail to Muhammad Ramzan Akhtar, proprietor Akhtar & Sons Enterprises and others and directed them to make sure appear before the court on next date of hearing or otherwise, who are nominated in FIR of illegal clearance of two vehicles on same documents beyond legal entitlement of one vehicle.

On February 25 2021, during the hearing, above -mentioned accused person and others appeared before the court along with their counsels, who moved applications for pre-arrest bail and argued that their clients are innocents and have been falsely implicated in this case.

They further argued that their clients are ready to face trial, however, they have apprehension of arrest, therefore, the court may grant their bail till final judgement in this case.

After the hearing, the court granted their bail against surety of Rs. 300,000 each and directed them to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

Earlier, investigation officer of Customs Appraisement East submitted interim charge sheet and informed the court that customs officials received an information, post release audit of released vehicles, it has been observed that one overseas Pakistani Masood Yaqoob has gifted a vehicle to his brother Iftikhar Hussain under gift scheme, their authorized accused clearing agent Muhammad Ramzan Akhtar filed goods declaration which was released accordingly.

He further informed the court that during the investigation, it was found that he had shared PRCs and verification of the PRCs received form banks thereof with another clearing agent accused Zahid Hussain & Talib who filed goods declaration on the same document’s same passport and payment receipt certificate. In doing so, the accused overseas Pakistan has gifted two vehicles illegally and is using fake/ forged documents instead of his entitlement of one vehicle as per appendix E of the import policy order 2016.

According to the prosecution, a case was registered against them for violation of section 16, 17, 32, 79 & 192 of the customs act, 1969 punishable under clause 9, 14, 46 & 86 of section 156 (I) of the customs act, read with import policy order 2016.