Singer, composer, performer and songwriter Mika Singh was detained at Mumbai airport by the custom department for carrying Indian and foreign currency beyond permissible limit. Singh was on a stage tour for around two weeks and was reportedly returning from Bangkok.
The officials of the custom department stopped Singh when he walked out clearing immigration and custom check. On checking his bag, the officials recovered the Indian and foreign currency, worth around 2.45 lakh rupees along with two bottles of liquor of foreign brand worth Rs. 3000 and other branded items exceeding the permissible limit. As per the rules, a passenger can only carry foreign currency worth $3,000 in cash and $7,000 in traveller's cheque.
The custom officials have seized the currency and informed the enforcement directorate and income tax officials. Singh was stopped by an Air Intelligence Unit batch headed by deputy commissioner of Customs Sameer Wankhede, while he was walking through the green channel after arriving from Bangkok by a Jet Airways flight at 7.30 pm.
Singh reportedly told the officials that he was unaware of the rule and claimed that he carried such items and cash earlier also and was never stopped. He has been booked under Foreign Exchange Management Act, FEMA and for smuggling under the custom act. The Customs officials have seized the currency and will inform the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the income tax officials, reported NNIS.