Saturday, February 17, 2018

DRI sleuths recover foreign currency in possession of Dubai bound passenger

Mangaluru: Sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) acting swiftly on a specific intelligence apprehended Sirajuddin Pallikke Kunhali, 39, hailing from Kasaragod and presently residing in the city on February 15. They recovered foreign currencies equivalent to Rs 25.82 lakh from his possession and seized under provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 read with FEMA Rules and RBI guidelines issued in this regard.

Vinayak Bhat, deputy director, DRI Mangaluru zone said Sirajuddin was nabbed while he was about to board Air India Express flight IX 813 for Dubai after having completed all check-in and immigration formalities. When sleuths frisked him, they found he had concealed some foreign currency notes inside his socks. On thorough examination of his baggage, they found foreign currencies concealed inside the hollow tubular parts of handles.
The currency was in rolled bundles of the handles and some more currency notes were spread under the false bottom of the said bag. The foreign currency seized include US Dollars, Swiss Franc, Euros and Kuwait Dinars, Vinayak said that during interrogation, Sirajuddin admitted the offence and said he indulged in this act for making some easy money. He was arrested and produced before principal civil judge (senior division) and CJM.
16/02/18 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India