Fgn currency worth Rs 23 lakh seized from flier at Hyd airport

Hyderabad, Sep 20 (PTI) Saudi Riyals and UAE Dirhamsworth nearly Rs 23 lakhs were seized from a Dubai-bound flier,who was allegedly trying to export the foreign currencyillegally, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, DRIofficials said today. The passenger was intercepted on a tip-off by sleuths ofDirectorate of Revenue Intelligence after he had clearedimmigration and security checks was to board an Air Indiaflight last night, DRI (Hyderabad Zonal Unit) AdditionalDirector General M K Singh said. On examination of his baggage, foreign currency in theform of Saudi Riyals and UAE Dirhams was found, and thepassenger on interrogation stated that the currency wasobtained from unauthorised dealers and does not belong to him,Singh said in a release. He further stated that it was being carried on behestof someone for delivery in Dubai. The foreign currency was obtained from unauthoriseddealers or persons in violation of FEMA and regulations madethere under and was attempted to be exported illegally, incontravention of the prohibition imposed under Customs Act,the senior officer said. "The foreign currency, worth around Rs 23 lakh in Indianrupees, was seized. Further investigation in the case is inprogress," Singh added. PTI VVK DKKISRYS

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