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Man returning from Dubai held with foreign currency worth Rs 1 crore at Delhi airport

A Delhi-based businessman was held by DRI with foreign currency worth Rs 1 crore in Euros and Dirham at the Delhi airport.

cities Updated: Jul 19, 2017 07:32 IST
The arrested passenger had kept the currency, mostly Euros and Dirham, separately to avoid detection during screening. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested a Delhi-based businessman with foreign currency worth Rs 1 crore from the Delhi airport. A DRI official said it is suspected that the man planned to bring gold from Dubai and had travelled for the same reason on three-four occasions earlier too.

“Based on a specific intelligence, we arrested a passenger from Delhi airport last week. Interrogation revealed that he has travelled in each of the past four months. He used to bring gold and then sell it in local markets,” a DRI official said.

The arrested passenger had kept the currency, mostly euros and dirham, separately to avoid detection during screening.

Smuggling of foreign currency has increased and the customs department has started analysing data of frequent travellers. In little over a month, foreign currency worth over Rs 4 crore has been seized at the Delhi airport and customs officials said security at the departure terminal has been stepped up considering the increase in smuggling.

Customs sources said that after demonetisation, there had been no cases of cash smuggling till April. However, there has been a spike since then. On June 3, two passengers were caught with $60,000 hidden in power banks, mobile chargers and biscuit packets.

Few days before that, customs made the biggest haul of recent times by seizing Rs 2.52 crore worth foreign currency from an Afghan national. According to Customs, the passenger, who was going to Mumbai, was intercepted at the departure hall.

“He was carrying $2,15,000 and $7,00,000 Saudi Riyals, equivalent to Rs 2.52 crore. The currency was concealed in a piece of corrugated box, wrapped with English newspaper and kept inside his hand baggage. Some of the currency was also concealed in the false cavity at the bottom of the bag,” said a customs official.

Investigation revealed that the passenger had to handover the bag to another passenger, who was going to Dubai by Air India flight AI995.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 07:32 IST