Tuesday, August 23, 2016

National-level hockey player among five arrested for smuggling foreign currency, gold

The recent unearthing of a foreign currency and gold smuggling racket involving national hockey player Virender Verma at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport has raised several questions on the airport security system.
On Thursday midnight, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence(DRI) sleuths arrested three persons at Delhi's IGI Airport. Virender Verma and his two associates Rohit Vij and Ankush Khurana were arrested with Rs 4.47 crore worth of foreign currency.
Euros and USDs were seized from the syndicate, which was led by Virender Verma, a national level Delhi-based hockey player. His two associates Rohit and Ankush were also caught. Their interrogation revealed that they had received the foreign currency from two carriers, who after handing over the currency boarded a flight to Mumbai. In a swift operation, two carriers Pawan and Radhesh were arrested in Mumbai.
Sources said that during interrogation Virender said he belongs to a respectable family in Delhi. However, he had been indulging in gold and foreign currency smuggling since 2015 and had travelled to foreign countries with unauthorised foreign currency at least thirty times.
He had been arrested in 2015 with nine kgs of gold and Rs 80 lakh foreign currency. He was released on bail but he was arrested again in connection with  foreign currency smuggling. If Virender and his associates had succeeded in smuggling the currency they would have made six to seven lakh rupees since they evaded the tax due on Forex.
22/08/16 Atir Khan/India Today
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