Friday, January 12, 2018

Delhi court extends judicial custody of Jet Airways air hostess, agent on alleged smuggling case

New Delhi: A city court today extended by two weeks the judicial custody of a female flight attendant of Jet Airways and an agent, arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly trying to smuggle out foreign currency worth over Rs three crore.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat extended the custody of 25-year-old Deveshi Kulshreshtha and Amit Malhotra, 39, identified as an alleged hawala operator by the DRI, after they were produced before the court on expiry of their 2-day judicial custody.

The agency told the court that the offence committed by them was cognisable and non-bailable and added that the probe was pending.

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According to DRI, Kulshreshtha, part of a major global hawala syndicate, was intercepted by the agency officials when she was boarding a flight at Delhi's IGI Airport for Hong Kong on January 8.

"During examination of her checked-in and hand baggage, USD 4,80,200 wrapped in aluminium foil, having a market value of Rs 3.25 crore, has been recovered," the agency said.

"In her voluntary statement, she admitted the aforesaid recovery, seizure and other incriminating facts. She also inter-alia named No. 2 (Malhotra), hereinabove to be concerned with the smuggling of the recovered and seized foreign currency," the DRI said.
11/01/18 PTI/New Indian Express