May 19, 2011

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Minissha Lamba was detained for several hours at Mumbai airport on Wednesday as she flew in from the Cannes Film Festival. She was being held for carrying undeclared jewellery, which the Air Intelligence Unit claimed was worth Rs 50 lakh.

Lamba was in Cannes to attend the premier of Woody Allen's film, 'Midnight in Paris' and had been invited by the filmmakers, an officer said. As soon as Lamba landed in India, she was detained by the AIU sleuths for trying to clear customs without declaring the jewellery. 

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Sources close to Lamba said she was carrying diamond ornaments given to her by jewellery brands. But customs officials insisted she should have declared the consignment.

A senior customs officer told TOI Lamba had not declared any jewellery when she flew out. ''She was supposed to notify it to the customs department,'' the officer said.

People close to the actress said she has all the required papers. ''The jewellery has been given by one of the jewellery brands so it could be showcased when Lamba walked the red carpet for Woody Allen's film premier,'' a source said.

It is unlawful to carry currency worth $5,000 without RBI permission.

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