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Anushka Sharma detained by Customs on her way back home

Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma was intercepted at Mumbai airport on Monday afternoon for carrying undeclared jewellery and other valuables. Anushka Sharma was on her way back from Toronto after attending the International Indian Film Academy ( IIFA) awards where she was adjudged the best actress for her hit film Band Baja Baraat. While she was trying to leave the airport via the green channel, customs officials stopped her and found undeclared jewellery in her baggage.

However, sources close to the 23-year-old Bollywood Actress said she was not being interrogated by customs and that she was carrying accessories given to her by various brands. Anushka, they said, was at the customs only to sign the formal paperwork for the borrowed accessories.

Customs officials said Anushka landed in Mumbai on an Air India flight around 2pm. While she was going through the customs’ green channel at the airport, she was stopped by assistant commissioner Sameer Wankhede and asked to open her bags.

“On examination, we found jewellery and expensive watches. Anushka Sharma was immediately ushered aside for further questioning,” said a senior customs official. “Her bag contained diamond and gold jewellery and some branded watches,” he added. Customs officials said the total value of dutiable goods was Rs 35 lakh. Officials said Anushka’s jewellery included a necklace and earrings which she may have used for the award ceremony in Toronto where she won the best actress award.

Anushka Sharma reportedly told the customs officials that she had taken the jewellery from India. “Her claim is that she had taken the jewellery from the country. However, she did not declare the jewellery to the customs before leaving, in which case she would have paid no duty at all,” said customs commissioner, P M Govande. “She has produced some jewellery bills. She has also given a letter from the watch company. We have to verify the bills,” he added.

 
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