Customs department on Thursday night seized memory cards valued Rs 60 lakh from a passenger at international airport. Customs superintendent Deepak Pandit told TOI that the passenger Havneet Singh Gulhati arrived from Hong Kong and walked through the green channel. He was to take a domestic flight to Delhi where he resides.
When Pandit was asked whether he has any goods to declare, he said no. He said he was in a hurry to reach Delhi because his brother had met with an accident. Pandit during a search found that he was carrying 1200 pieces of 2 gb cards and 950 pieces of 8 gb cards. Pandit said Gulhati has made around 20 visits abroad.
A metropolitan magistrate has remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days. This is the first instance where a court has sent a smuggler to custody after Supreme Court in a September 29 order made offences under customs act and central excise act bailable.