Krunal Pandya fails to disclose luxury watches at airport & case now handed over to Customs!
Galatta | Nov 13, 2020, 05:09 pm
The Indian Premier League's 2020 edition got over just recently in the UAE and reigning champions Mumbai Indians cantered to another win, in the "new normal", behind closed doors with no spectators watching in the grounds. The finals was played between MI and Delhi Capitals on November 10th, and the Mumbai Indians bowlers & Rohit Sharma helped their team become Champions for a record 5th time. The Indian players who had been selected as part of the squads to tour Australia, left together for the tour while those not selected, returned to India. Of the Pandya brothers, Hardik has been selected for the Australian tour and he left with the rest of the team while Krunal returned to India yesterday.
However, the homecoming was not an entirely happy one for Krunal, as he got into issues with the authorities at the Mumbai airport! Krunal was detained at the airport for not declaring 4 luxury watches he had bought with him, at the Customs kiosk. He was then questioned by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials, from 5:30 pm, yesterday. Initial reports stated that he had been detained in connection with carrying an undisclosed amount of gold and other valuables. Now, we hear that the latest development in this case is that the Customs department would continue the investigations on Krunal. Krunal's failure to declare the watches was identified and that triggered this whole issue.
The four luxury watches are said to be from the Omega and Ambular Piguet brands and Krunal did not declare them nor pay the duty fees for them. The watches are said to be worth less than Rs. 1 Crore in value. These watches were seized and handed over to the Mumbai Airport Customs for valuation. When questioned about these, Krunal is said to have stated that he did not know the procedure for declaration & about Customs duty and that was the reason behind him failing to declare them to the Customs. Once the watches are valued, Krunal will have to pay around 38% of the watches' value as Customs duty and the authorities will then decide on the penalty that will be added, for failing to declare the watches in the first place. Krunal will be able to collect the watches, once the duty and penalty has been paid!