Mumbai customs officials seize two luxury watches worth ₹5 crore from cricketer Hardik Pandya

The Customs Department of Mumbai seized two wrist watches worth Rs 5 crores from cricketer Hardik Pandya at the airport on his arrival from Dubai on Sunday, for allegedly not having bill receipt of the watches.

The Mumbai Customs Department said, “Customs Department seized two wrist watches worth Rs 5 crores of cricketer Hardik Pandya, on Sunday night (November 14) when he was returning from Dubai. The cricketer did not have the bill receipt of the watches.”

Pandya was returning from Dubai, facing two defeats in their opening two games against semi-finalists Pakistan and New Zealand, which ultimately costed them a place in the last four of the T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya issuing a statement to clarify what transpired at the airport said, “Early on Monday morning, 15th November, on my arrival from Dubai, after picking up my luggage, I voluntarily went to Mumbai customs counter to declare the items bought by me and pay the requisite customs duty. Wrong perceptions have been floating around on social media regarding my declaration to customs at Mumbai airport, and I would like to clarify about what transpired,” he said.

Notably, Hardik’s brother, cricketer Krunal Pandya, was also intercepted at the Mumbai International Airport over suspicion of being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables.

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