The Mumbai Airport Customs on Thursday arrested a New Delhi-based garment businessman for trying to evade duty on gold jewellery and wrist watches worth Rs6.55 lakh, bought from Dubai.
Rawail Singh Grover kept the jewellery in his trouser pockets and four wrist watches worth around Rs15,000 in his bag, which is within the permissible duty free baggage amount limit of Rs25,000.
A Customs batch headed by deputy commissioner Sameer Wankhede stopped Grover after he crossed the green channel, as his movement looked suspicious. Only those passengers, who do not have anything to declare, can walk through the green channel.
Officials found gold jewellery including 2 bangles, 1 bracelet, 2 chains, 2 pairs of earrings, 3 rings, a precious stone-studded gold bangle and a stone studded pendant on checking his pockets, and three Fossil watches and an Esprit watch from his bag.
Grover was produced before a magistrate’s court on Thursday. Advocate Ravi Hirani, who represented Grover, said his client was released on bail of Rs50,000. “He had bought the jewellery for his wife and due to some miscommunication, he took the green channel instead of the red channel,” said Hirani.