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Court sends air hostess & a man to 2-day judicial custody

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A female of Jet Airways and an agent, arrested by the Directorate of Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly trying to smuggle out foreign currency worth over Rs three crore, were today sent to judicial custody for two days.

(MM) sent 25-year-old and Amit Malhotra, 39, identified as an alleged hawala operator by the DRI, to jail after the agency requested the that the accused be remanded to judicial custody for two weeks "for the time being".

The directed that the accused be produced on January 11 before the

The agency told the that the offence committed by them was cognisable and non-bailable and added that the investigation was pending.

According to DRI, Kulshreshtha, part of a major global hawala syndicate, was intercepted by the agency officials when she was boarding a flight at for yesterday.

"During examination of her checked-in and hand baggage, USD 4,80,200 wrapped in aluminium foil, having a market value of Rs 3.25 crore, has been recovered," the agency said.

"In her voluntary statement, she admitted the aforesaid recovery, seizure and other incriminating facts. She also inter-alia named No. 2 (Malhotra), hereinabove to be concerned with the smuggling of the recovered and seized foreign currency," the DRI said.

It said the lady had carried foreign currency several times in the past at the behest of Malhotra, a Delhi-based hawala operator based in area here.

It alleged that Malhotra was following a modus operandi of using crew members for smuggling of forex and had befriended the crew member six months ago during a flight to

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:45 IST