2022 (11) TMI 569 - HC - Customs
Smuggling - foreign marking gold bars - gold ingot - issuance of notice under Section 124 of the Customs Act, 1962 - HELD THAT:- Mr.Santhanaraman will assure the Court that the investigation will be completed and show cause notice under Section 124 of the Act issued within the time frame set out under Section 110(2) of the Act. This is recorded. He would, incidentally, point out that the presence of the petitioners may be required in the course of investigation itself, for which purpose, summons may be issued to them.
Mr.Zahir Hussain, learned counsel for the petitioners would submit that presently there is a difficulty that the petitioners are facing in arriving in India on account of a ban on their arrival - Mr.Santhanaraman claims lack of knowledge of any such ban and would further assure the Court that summons, if issued, will be accompanied by all acts necessary to facilitate the arrival of the petitioners in India for the purpose of their appearance before the authorities. This is also recorded.
It is made clear that the investigation shall be conducted in accordance with law and shall be videographed. The earlier orders of this Court to the effect that the respondents shall preserve the CCTV footages of the seizures as well as the movement of the petitioners within the Terminal is reiterated. The recording will be retained till conclusion of proceedings in entirety, including appeal/revision.
The petitioners are at liberty to seek copies of the recordings (CCTV footage as well as the recordings by the Customs Authorities of the seizures) and such copies, if and when sought, shall be supplied upon payment of necessary charges.