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Customs Seize Two Luxury Watches Worth Rs 5 Cr. From Cricketer Hardik Pandya

The Customs Department of Mumbai on Sunday seized two wrist watches worth Rs 5 crores from cricketer Hardik Pandya at the airport on his arrival from Dubai, for allegedly not having bill receipt of the watches.

“Customs Department seized two wrist watches worth Rs 5 crores of cricketer Hardik Pandya, on Sunday night (November 14) when he was returning from Dubai. The cricketer did not have the bill receipt of the watches,” Mumbai Customs Department said on Monday.

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Hardik Pandya was returning from Dubai after India was left to rue what could have been in the UAE after recording their third win, as two defeats in their opening two games against semi-finalists Pakistan and New Zealand ultimately cost them a place in the last four of the T20 World Cup.

Notably, last year, Hardik’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.
According to media reports, Pandya has a diverse collection of luxury watches.

Earlier in 2019, after having undergone back surgery in London, Hardik posted a picture of him from the hospital bed donning a Patek Philippe Nautilus, a Swiss luxury brand, considered as the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to watches.

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On the other hand, Pandya dismissed the reports of custom officials at Mumbai airport seizing his luxury watches worth Rs 5 crore. Taking to Twitter, he clarified that he voluntarily went to the airport customs counter to declare the items brought by. He offered to pay the requisite duty for the items.

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