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Bipasha let off after paying Rs 12,000 fine

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2011 02:10 IST
Manish Pachouly
Manish Pachouly
Hindustan Times
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A few days after Minissha Lamba was detained, actor Bipasha Basu had a brief encounter with the customs authorities at the international airport for not declaring goods on her arrival from London.

Basu reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport by a Kingfisher Airlines flight on Thursday noon.

She was, however, stopped by deputy commissioner of customs Sameer Wankhede while she was crossing the green channel without declaring any excess baggage.

On checking the actor’s four bags, the customs found eight pairs of sandals, one Gucci purse, Gucci sunglasses and other miscellaneous items amounting to Rs60,000.

As per rule, a passenger is allowed to carry goods worth only Rs25,000 as duty free in personal baggage.

Officials said Basu was asked to pay duty on goods worth Rs35,000, which came to around Rs12,000, and was then allowed to leave.

The entire process took around 45 minutes.

"It was just a routine check at the airport and many others were being checked as well,” said the actor.

“I paid Rs12,000 as taxes against some personal goods. I think the customs team is doing an excellent job."

Officials said Basu told them she was not aware that the goods would fall under the excess baggage and immediately agreed to pay the duty.

"When she was stopped, she herself declared all the goods," a senior customs official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

He added that Basu was cooperative during the entire process.

PM Govande, commissioner of customs, airport, said Basu was not detained. He said she paid the duty and was allowed to go. "Obviously somebody has to wait till the goods are counted," Govande said.

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