ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday upheld Sindh High Court’s (SHC) verdict to remove Ayyan Ali’s name from Exit Control List (ECL).
According to details, SC dismissed interior ministry’s and customs pleas challenging SHC’s decision.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who was heading a three-member bench of the apex court, issued a brief ruling that was reserved last week.
In its orders, the court rejected a petition by Federal Interior Ministry and Customs authorities challenging Sindh High Court’s judgment to expunge her from the Exit Control List (ECL).
SC’s verdict came after Ayyan Ali submitted a written reply over the pleas in which she termed the act of including her name in ECL as illegal and said that the interior ministry has not sent any notice before adding her name in the list.
She said the Constitution of Pakistan gives freedom of transportation to every citizen and no action can be taken without following legal proceeding in this regard.
Ayyan expressed that Sindh High Court (SHC) announced verdict on merit, therefore, she requested to dismiss Interior Ministry’s appeal.
Ayyan Ali was booked in March last year at Islamabad’s Benazir International Airport for attempt to smuggle US $506,800 to United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Airport Security Force (ASF) had apprehended Ali before she allegedly boarded a private airline flight.
After almost nine months of her arrest, the model was indicted in the currency smuggling case but she pleaded not guilty to the charges. NNI