The car was found in the parking lot of the Defense Housing Authority apartments in Karachi.
By: Pramod Thomas
A luxury vehicle “Bentley Mulsanne” stolen from London, UK was recovered from Karachi during a raid on Saturday (3), local media reported.
Customs Enforcement (CCE), Karachi, confirmed that the UK intelligence agency had informed the Pakistani authorities that the stolen vehicle was parked at a house in the Defense Housing Authority (DHA) area of Karachi, News International reported.
“Credible information has been received from a national agency of a friendly country that a gray Bentley Mulsanne, V8 Automatic, VIN number SCBBA63Y7FC001375, engine number CKB304693 has been stolen from London and their intelligence agency has indicated that the said vehicle would should be parked at 3 p.m. -B, South 10th Street, DHA, Karachi,” the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Collectorate of Customs said in a statement.
Custom raided a house in DHA Karachi to recover the Bentley, which was allegedly stolen from London. pic.twitter.com/xoXvQIgiNO
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A customs official said the car was found in the parking lot of DHA apartments in Karachi. The two accused, Jameel Shafi and Naveed Bilwani have been taken into custody.
“The arrested persons have been identified as Jameel Shafi, son of Shafi Ahmed, a resident of 10th South Street, House no. 15-B, Phase II Extension, and Naveed Bilwani, son of Rafique, a resident of House No159, Khayaban-e- Roomi, DHA,” the official said.
“Another accused Navaid Yamin, Resident of KDA Officers Society, Facilitator at Vehicle Registration Authority, Excise and Taxation Department Karachi is missing while other financiers, enablers and associates to be traced during investigation are not they were still arrested,” the official added. said.
According to local media, the excise department was accused of being a “facilitator” for tax evasion worth more than 300 million lei, as the provincial government registered the luxury vehicle, whose assessed value at the time of import was 41.43 millions of lei, without the permission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a no-objection certificate from customs.
When FBR officials searched the house, they found that the Bentley had a Pakistani number plate and a hand-made white number plate on the front. The tax collection authority said the vehicle’s chassis number was matched with that shared by British authorities, The News International reported.
“We are also looking at how the car reached Karachi. Sure enough, the car arrived in Karachi with fake shipping and registration documents,” explained the customs official.
During the initial investigation, it was revealed that the vehicle was sold to the owner by another person, who assumed all responsibilities to remove all the documents requested from the concerned authorities.
The CCE said the Sindh Excise and Taxation department illegally registered this stolen vehicle without completing all legal formalities.
“The prime suspect, Naveed, sold the luxury vehicle to Jameel with the facilitation of an official from the Sindh Excise Department,” said a CCE spokesperson.
Authorities took the homeowner and the person who sold him the vehicle into custody after the homeowner failed to provide the proper paperwork.
The Customs Collection of the FBR took the vehicle to the warehouse after not finding its keys.
“Due to the unavailability of the key of the said vehicle, arrangements were made to pick up the vehicle by road transport. The recovered vehicle was loaded onto a motor transport to take it to ASO HQ-NMB Wharf for further completion of legal formalities,” the council said.
Further, the customs claimed to have seized another vehicle from the same person during a raid on the DHA flat.
Police said a case has been registered and further investigations are on.