Peshawar: NAB files reference against 9 officials
PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Frontier, has filed a reference against two clearing agents, five Customs officials and two Railways employees for allegedly causing loss of Rs59.290 million by illegal removal of imported goods without payment of duties and taxes.
Investigation conducted by the NAB, Frontier chapter, into the alleged illegal removal of imported goods trans-shipped from Karachi Customs revealed that a gang of clearing agents in connivance with railways and customs officials was operating at Peshawar in the recent past. During investigation it was established that computerised Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) system was also involved as details of trans-shipped goods were allegedly kept secret, thereby causing a huge loss in the head of revenue collection.
Investigation further revealed that 46 containers valuing Rs136.867 million were allegedly removed by the customs clearing agents in connivance with customs and railways officials during the period of 2004–05 and caused loss of Rs59.290 million in the form of taxes/duties. Fake and bogus documents were allegedly prepared for removal of the goods and it was sold in the open market. The goods were imported in the names of fake importers.