The Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya recently found himself in a controversy over his wrist watch. Reports started surfacing that claimed two wrist watches worth ₹ 5 crores were seized from him at the Mumbai airport on his return from Dubai. Hardik Pandya was returning from Dubai after India wrapped up its campaign at the ICC T20 World Cup. Previously Hardik Pandya’s brother, cricketer Krunal Pandya was also intercepted at the Mumbai International Airport over suspicion of being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables last year. But, Hardik Pandya slammed the reports and revealed what had happened.
Hardik Pandya states only one watch worth ₹ 1.5 crore had been taken for “proper valuation”
A report by news agency ANI on Tuesday had reported that two watches were seized by the Customs Department on Sunday night because Pandya allegedly did not have a bill for them.
Denying the charges, Pandya posted a statement on Twitter saying, “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.”
“I had voluntarily declared all the items that I’d lawfully 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,” he said.
He said: “The cost of the watch is approximately ₹ 1.5 crore and not ₹ 5 crore as per the rumours floating around on social media.”
“All allegations against me of crossing any legal boundaries are totally unfounded,” he added.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 16, 2021
- Reports claimed two wrist watches worth ₹ 5 crores were seized from Hardik Pandya
- Pandya slammed the reports
- He stated a wrist watch of approximately ₹ 1.5 crore was taken for “proper valuation”
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