The Mumbai airport customs detained the general manager of a British shipping firm who was trying to smuggle foreign currencies and goods, worth `6.22 lakh.
Parikshit Sial, 35, was intercepted on Monday, after he arrived from Dubai by Jet Airways flight 9W-537 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport.
A customs officers’ batch, headed by deputy commissioner Sameer Wankhede, stopped Sial while he was crossing the green channel without declaring the currencies and goods.
The green channel is only meant for those passengers who do not have anything to declare.
On checking Sial’s baggage, the officials found dollars, dirhams, pounds, Singapore dollars, more than 20 ladies garments and a laptop, amounting to `6.22 lakh in all.
He was later handed over to the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the customs department. Mahendra Pal, additional commissioner of customs, confirmed the incident.
Customs sources said that on being questioned, Sial claimed he forgot to declare the currencies and goods, as he was too tired.
He also told the customs department that he is a regular flier and flies to various countries for work.
However, Sial failed to give a satisfactory answer about the source of foreign currencies. “He said that he got them from a friend, but did not give further details,” a senior customs official said requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The customs seized the currencies and goods, and allowed Sial to go, after recording his statement.