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Minissha walks free as Customs bring soft charges

entertainment Updated: May 19, 2011 23:47 IST
Manish Pachouly

Actor Minissha Lamba walked free as Customs authorities decided to apply only lenient basic sections against her.

The 26-year-old actor was not charged under section 104 of Customs Act that mandates arrest for passengers carrying expensive goods worth more than Rs 5 lakh and walking through the green channel without declaring the same.

She has charged under basic sections 77 and 111 (b)(l)(m) of Customs Act. While section 77 deals with misdeclaration of baggage, 111 deals with confiscation of goods. But these sections do not warrant arrest.

She was also issued summons under section 108 for recording her statement.

Lamba was detained on Wednesday while she was crossing the green channel at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport without declaring the jewellery and accessories worth around Rs 31 lakh.

Lamba was detained with nine pieces of diamond jewellery, including a necklace, earrings, bracelet, pendant and ring. The officials also found four handbags of Judith Leiber and Christian Dior brands, five Ray-Ban and Gucci sun glasses, two pairs of expensive sandals and an expensive dress.

She was allowed to leave at around 12.30am after her statement was recorded. The Customs seized the jewellery and accessories, and also her passport.

The department can levy a penalty on Lamba for not declaring the jewellery and other accessories.

A senior Customs official said the penalty could range between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 17 lakh.

"It would take around a month's time to decide the penalty," the official said.

The actor told officials that she did not know that the jewellery had to be declared before flying abroad.

"We would verify her claim during inquiry," the official said.