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Court extends judicial custody of air hostess, agent

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A city today extended by two weeks the judicial custody of a female of and an agent, arrested by the Directorate of Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly trying to smuggle out foreign currency worth over Rs three crore.

extended the custody of 25-year-old and Amit Malhotra, 39, identified as an alleged hawala operator by the DRI, after they were produced before the on expiry of their 2-day judicial custody.

The agency told the that the offence committed by them was cognisable and non-bailable and added that the probe 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 on January 8.

"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 said.

It said the woman 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: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:10 IST