Cricketer Krunal Pandya, who was detained at the T2 International Airport in Mumbai by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence for carrying high-end watches worth 1 crore has apologised for his mistake to the concerned airport authorities. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder clarified that he was unaware of the rules and regulations regarding carrying the gold and other luxury items. He has also agreed to pay the penalties and import duty for bringing these items to India without informing and has ensured that such incidents won’t be repeated in the future after which the DRI allowed him to leave.“Pandya was detained and luxury watches were found. As the case is small by DRI standards and also as it is a non-recurring type, it is being handed over to Airport Customs by DRI, as per normal practice,” a senior DRI officer was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Notably, the passengers are allowed to carry a fixed amount of gold with them. If they wish to travel with more jewellery, they have to inform about the same at the customs and have to pay the import duty. He also had the expensive items gifted to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Speaking about the offence made by the cricketer, a DRI officer revealed that the case has been referred to the customs department as it was a non-occurring type. He was returning to India after IPL 2020, which Mumbai Indians won for their fifth title. The allrounder had hit the winning run in the tournament, where he overall made 109 runs from 12 innings and picked up 6 wickets. Pandya was being watched by DRI for a while owing to his 'habit of flashing costly watches in his social media posts, mainly on Instagram'.