Indian Cricketer Clarifies On' Rs 5 Crore Watch Seized' By Customs
Indian Cricketer Hardik Pandya refuted reports that claimed 2 wristwatches worth ₹ 5 crores were seized from him at the Mumbai airport on his return from Dubai.
A report by the news agency had said that the Customs Department seized two watches on Sunday night because Hardik allegedly did not have a bill for them.
Denying the charges, Hardik posted a statement on Twitter saying, "I voluntarily went to Mumbai airport customs counter to declare the items brought 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."
"I had voluntarily declared all the items that I had lawfully purchased from Dubai. And was ready to pay whatever duties that needed to be paid. The customs department had asked for all purchase documents that were submitted; however, customs is doing the proper valuation for duty which I've already confirmed to pay," he said.
"The cost of the watch is approximately ₹ 1.5 crore and not ₹ 5 crores as per the rumors floating around on social media. I'm a law-abiding citizen of the country, and I respect all government agencies", he added.
Hardik Pandya was returning from Dubai after India wrapped up its stint at the T20 World Cup.
"I've received all the cooperation from the Mumbai customs department, and I've assured my full cooperation to them and will provide them with whatever legitimate documents they need to get this matter cleared. All allegations against me of crossing any legal boundaries are unfounded," he added.