Anushka Sharma was held for questioning at the Mumbai airport for not declaring goods in her luggage that may have qualified for duty. According to reports, the actress failed to declare jewellery, handbags and watches worth 35 lakhs.
Sources say that while Anushka had listed the items while leaving India, she failed to enumerate them on her return. More details are awaited.
Just last month, actress Bipasha Basu was detained at the Mumbai International Airport briefly for carrying unaccounted cash and jewellery.
Reports say that she has accepted that she forgot to declare the jewellery and was let off after paying the customs duty.
The Dhoom 2 actress was intercepted after she had crossed the green channel without making any declaration on her arrival from London.
Bipasha Basu also issued a statement saying: “It was just a routine check up at the airport and many others were being checked as well. All that I have in my bags is the clothes that I had shopped for and then hence had excess baggage for which I paid approximately Rs 12,000 as taxes. I think the customs team is doing an excellent job.’
Customs sources said she was carrying sandals, sunglasses and perfume, which she did not know also needed to be declared. “She was very cooperative and showed all the bills,” they said.
Another Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba had been detained at the airport on May 18 on her arrival from Cannes, France, for not declaring gold and diamond jewellery worth over Rs 30 lakh.
She was let off after two rounds of questioning, one of which lasted for over 16 hours. Lamba had claimed that the ornaments were given by a jewellery brand for purely promotional purpose to be worn at the Cannes film festival, where she had walked the red carpet.