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Actor Anushka Sharma was detained by the Customs department at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Monday afternoon with undeclared jewellery worth around Rs 45 lakh.

Actor Anushka Sharma was detained by the Customs department at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Monday afternoon with undeclared jewellery worth around Rs 45 lakh.

Much like the case of Minissha Lamba in May,Sharma was apparently carrying borrowed jewellery without any documentation or supporting bills and had not declared them on arrival in Mumbai.

Sharma was arriving from Toronto by an Air India flight when she was apprehended by Assistant Commissioner of Customs Sameer Wankhede. “She has claimed that the jewellery is not hers,and that she had borrowed them for the IIFA Awards,” a Customs official said.

It is a practice for actors to borrow jewels in exchange for promotion. However,they are required to carry a certificate stating that the jewels are not for trading purposes and will be brought back with them when they return. Like Lamba,Sharma was not carrying this certificate,officials said.

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Officials found gold and diamond-studded jewellery worth Rs 35 lakh and watches worth Rs 10 lakh with Sharma. “She has said that sone jewellers had given their items to her. One of them is Nutandas Jewellers,” an official said.

Sharma was being questioned by the Customs department late into the evening. The case has been handed over for adjudication,however,either Sharma or the jewellers would have to pay a fine and a penalty for not carrying supporting documentation.

First published on: 28-06-2011 at 12:10:54 am
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