Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bizman held with scrapped notes, foreign currency at T2

Mumbai: The air intelligence unit of the customs department intercepted a Rajasthan based businessman and seized foreign currencies of different countries and demonetised Indian notes at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The man, Bhagchand Watwani, was caught while he was proceeding to take Air India flight No IX 247 to Dubai on Tuesday.

Watwani, who claimed to be a textile merchant selling clothes bought from Mumbai in Dubai, was carrying 5,000 sterling pounds, 20,000 Saudi riyals and 300 US dollars in addition to demonetised notes worth Rs 21,500 and regular currency worth Rs 44,000. At current exchange rates, the seized currency is worth Rs 7.72 lakh.

“We found his behaviour unusual and decided to search him and his baggage. He also did not have the papers to carry foreign currency,” said an AIU official. While travellers are allowed to carry foreign currency while flying out, if the amount is significant, flyers have to declare it at the airport and get necessary approvals.
22/06/17 Mumbai Mirror