Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ranbir Kapoor detained at airport, fined Rs 60,000

Actor Ranbir Kapoor was detained at the Mumbai International Airport around 1 am Saturday, and fined Rs 60,000 on undeclared branded goods after nearly 40 minutes of detention. Ranbir, who landed in the city from London, was carrying perfumes, clothes and footwear worth around Rs 1 lakh, when his passport endorsement said he was allowed to bring in goods worth Rs 15,000, an airport customs officer said.

The30-year-old, who arrived on a British Airways flight, was intercepted by the customs officers when he was walking towards the exit through the red channel, which is used by the passengers to declare imported goods. Ranbir, however, was received by a member of his staff near the red channel, and the two were on their way out when they were asked to step aside for luggage inspection.

The customs sources said Ranbir had a minor argument with their staff, and told them he wasn’t aware of the rules. “He was detained for nearly 40 minutes, and fined Rs 60,000 after the valuation of goods,” an officer said. The customs officials are also investigating how the actor’s assistant was allowed to enter the area near the baggage conveyor belts.

Said Sameer Wankhede, deputy commissioner, Mumbai Customs’ air intelligence unit, “Ranbir’s luggage was checked and he was found with branded goods such as perfumes, clothes and footwear worth Rs 1 lakh which he should have declared at the red channel. Common man or celebrities, rules are same for everyone, and they should be aware of those.”

Bipasha Basu, Ameesha Patel and Minissha Lamba, and singer Mika Singh are among the celebrities fined earlier for customs violations.
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