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Jet Airways crew arrested for smuggling forex: DRI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A female of Jet Airways has been arrested by the Directorate of Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly trying to smuggle out USD 4,80,200 out of the country, according to an statement.

The accused was intercepted by officials when she was on a flight to yesterday, it said.

The officials found USD 4,80,200 (approximately Rs 3.21 crore) wrapped in foil in her possession, the statement said.

On investigation, it was found that she was working with an agent, named Amit Malhotra, a resident of area here, a senior said.

He said that was following a modus operandi of using crew members for smuggling of

"Malhotra would collect money from some bullion dealers in and send it via some to select foreign destinations. The money was being used for purchasing gold abroad. The gold would then be sent to illegally," the said.

Malhotra had befriended the crew six months ago during a flight to India, he said.

The DRI suspected the role of some other crew members of in smuggling out forex, the official said.

"Malhotra has been illegally smuggling for the past over one year. There are some other crew members involved in the case. We are also trying to find out the details of bullion dealers involved in this syndicate," he said.

Both Malhotra and the crew member have been arrested, the official said.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 10:05 IST