Biggest seizure ever on IGI, man going to give watch of 27 crores to Gujarat client was caught
Expensive Wristwatches: Officials said, one of the watches recovered from the man is made of gold with diamonds studded and its value is Rs 27.09 crore. This is a watch from Jacob & Co.
7 watches have been confiscated from a passenger at Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport, which are worth about Rs 28 crore. The watches are covered with gold and diamonds. These watches are made with special design. This action has been taken by the Custom Department at IGI Airport.
What did the officials say?
Officials said that one of the watches recovered from the man is made of gold with diamond studded and its value is Rs 27.09 crore. Zubair Riaz Kamili, Commissioner of Customs at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, said this is the largest seizure of commercial or luxury goods in terms of value.
In terms of value, it is equivalent to seizing 60 kg of gold in one go, he said. An official statement said that the accused passenger, who arrived here from Dubai on Tuesday, was stopped by the officials of the Customs Department. The accused is an Indian citizen.
Seven wrist watches were recovered during a detailed examination and personal search of his belongings, the statement said. These watches- Jacob & Co (Model: BL115.30A), Piaget Limelight Stella (SI.No.1250352 P11179), Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just (SI.No.Z7J12418), Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just (SI.No. 0C46G2 17), Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just (SI. No. 237Q 5385) and Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just (SI. No. 86 1R9269).
It was told that the cost of a watch of Jacob & Co alone is Rs 27.09 crore. A statement issued by Delhi Customs said that apart from these watches, a diamond studded gold bracelet with a total value of Rs 28.17 crore and an iPhone 14 Pro 256 GB were also recovered from the passenger.
The passenger has been arrested after confiscating the watches. A senior official of the Customs Department said that the accused traveler and his uncle have a showroom of expensive watches in Dubai, which has branches at other places in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Expressing a desire not to be named, the official said, he was taking them to Delhi to deliver them to a high-profile client. The traveler was supposed to meet this customer at a five-star hotel in Delhi, who is said to be from Gujarat. The customer, however, did not reach to meet him. So far the accused has not disclosed the name of the customer and said that he fears for his life. Delhi Customs Zone chief commissioner Surjit Bhujbal said, "At the Delhi airport alert customs officials made this (seizure) possible despite the heavy traffic pressure.