KARACHI: A two-member bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) granted urgent application on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Iftikhar Auto Store seeking release order comprising imported Ctutch Facing in assorted sizes 7192 kg and Brake Lining in rolls assorted 7680 kg which were hold due to disputed valuation.
On 30 November 2021, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Shafi Muhammad Siddiqui heard the matter.
During the hearing, Syed Amir Ali Advocate appeared on behalf of the petitioner and argued that petitioner filed an urgent application and requested the court to allow this urgent application.
After the hearing, the court granted urgency and fixed Dec 03, 2021 as a date of hearing.
Earlier, counsel argues that petitioner is lawful engaged imports of above-mentioned goods and has never been involved in any crime and evasion case, and during the course of business, imported Ctutch Facing in assorted sizes 7192 kg and Brake Lining in rolls assorted 7680 kg and filed goods declaration according with law.
Counsel added that when petitioner approached the officials of the customs department for releasing the same, petitioner was shocked when he was informed that above-mentioned consignment has been seized due to disputed valuation.
Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Collector of Customs Appraisement East, Appraising Officer, Investigation Officer and others as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court may declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
Petitioner further pleaded the court may set aside respondents’ decision and direct them to release petitioner’s imported consignment immediately and restrain them from taking any adverse action against the petitioner till final order in this case.