Watch cost Rs 1.5 crore not Rs 5 crore: Hardik Pandya speaks out on Customs row
- Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya is in a soup over payment of duties on things he brought from Dubai
- Pandya, 28, was in Dubai for India’s T20 World Cup campaign
- Hardik Pandya has squarely denied all allegations against him
Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya landed in a soup right after he returned from Dubai after India’s disappointing T20 World Cup campaign. Sections of the media claimed that the 28-year-old all-rounder was in a fix with the Mumbai customs department over payment of duties on things he had bought from Dubai. According to an ANI report, two watches were seized by the Customs Department on Sunday because Pandya did not have bills for the same.
The report quoted Mumbai Customs Department say: “Mumbai customs officials seize two luxury watches worth Rs 5 crore from Hardik Pandya at airport”
Squarely denying all allegations, Hardik Pandya provided his side of the story on Twitter. “I voluntarily went to Mumbai airport customs counter to declare the items brought by me and pay the requisite customs duty. Wrong perceptions have been floating around on social media regarding my declaration to customs at Mumbai airport, and I would like to clarify about what transpired,” said the cricketer.
According to Hardik Pandya, he had declared all items that he had purchased from Dubai and was ready to pay “whatever duties that needed to be paid”. “As a matter of fact, the customs department had asked for all purchase documents which were submitted: however, Customs is doing proper valuation for duty which I’ve already confirmed to pay.”
Pandya further said that the cost of the watch in question is approximately Rs 1.5 crore and denied media reports that the watch cost Rs 5 crore. The cricketer said that the Mumbai Customs department has been cooperative and he too has cooperated with law enforcement agencies. “All allegations against me of crossing any legal boundaries are totally unfounded,” Pandya added.
Hardik Pandya’s brother Krunal Pandya, who has also played for the Indian cricket team, was intercepted at the Mumbai International Airport last year over suspicion of being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables, the ANI report stated.