ISLAMABAD: Supermodel Ayyan Ali has challenged the fine of 500,000 dollars imposed on her by the customs collector.
Ayyan was arrested on March 14, 2015, on the charge of trying to smuggle more than half a million dollars out of the country by customs officials at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad.
Collectors of the collectorate of customs on April 4, 2016, imposed a fine of $500,000 on her for attempting to smuggle the foreign currency.
The model on Thursday filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court (IHC), stating she “was shocked to know through electronic and print media about the impugned order passed by the collector (adjudication)” without giving her an opportunity of defence.
According to the petition, the business of the supermodel spread in many countries and she was under contractual obligations to travel to Dubai but her name was placed on the exit control list (ECL). It said after the removal of her name from the ECL recently, when she was about to travel abroad her name was again placed on the list.
It contended that while the matter related to the ‘currency smuggling’ was pending before the courts, the customs collector fined her after ex-parte proceedings. The petition requested the court to set aside the imposition of the fine.
The petition is yet to be fixed before a bench for regular hearing.