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Celebs in trouble
Hindustan Times
February 07, 2013
First Published: 03:30 IST(7/2/2013)
Last Updated: 03:32 IST(7/2/2013)

May 28, 2012 – The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai Customs issued summons to actor Preity Zinta when she left her eight baggages at the city's international airport to be cleared by her staff including her personal assistant, make up man and another person, on her return from Colombo. She had crossed the green channel with a hand bag when she was stopped by AIU officials. On being asked she said she had no other bags and she left the airport. After half-an-hour her staff came with eight bags, all of which had tags bearing her name. The Customs detained the bags and issued summons to her, as by rule, she was supposed to clear the same and also she had given wrong declaration that she had no other bags. Next day she sent her brother with authorization to clear the bags. Though the Customs cleared the bags, they detained two Buddha statues for valuation that she had claimed to have got as gift.

January 7, 2012 - The Mumbai airport Customs stopped actor Dia Mirza with undeclared branded items worth Rs2 lakh. She was found to be carrying branded cosmetic items, perfume and ladies handbags. Authorities charged Mirza under Import Trade Control and she was fined and penalised. She paid Rs1.25 lakh in duty, fine and penalty

June 27, 2011 – Actor Anushka Sharma detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with diamond studded jewellery and watches worth Rs35 lakh on arrival from Toronto. She had returned after attending the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award function. Customs released her after recording her statement.

June 7, 2011 - Actor Mallika Sherawat’s brother Vikram Lamba detained at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with undeclared Euros and other branded items totally worth around Rs13 lakh. He had returned from London after attending the Cannes International Film Festival. He was released in the night.

May 26, 2011 – Actor Bipasha Basu was stopped at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with Gucci brand sandals, purse, sun glasses and other miscellaneous items worth Rs60,000. She was allowed to go after payment of Rs12,000 in duty.

May 18, 2011 – Actor Minissha Lamba was detained at the Mumbai international airport with diamond jewelleries and accessories worth Rs31 lakh after her return from Cannes. She was released late in the night.

April 2, 2011 – Goa education minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate was detained along with his associate with Indian and foreign currencies worth Rs23 lakh at the Mumbai international airport. They were trying to fly to Dubai without declaring the currency. They were also released in the night.

October 2010 – Sangita Jindal was detained for not declaring gold and diamond ornaments worth Rs40 lakh on her return from London.

June 2009 – Socialite Sheetal Mafatlal was arrested for not declaring jewellery worth Rs53 lakh on her return from London.


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