Actress Anushka Sharma on Monday stopped by the customs officials at the International airport for carrying gold and diamond studded jewellery and other belongings, which may be unaccounted for.
The 23-year old actress was returning from IIFA award ceremony in Toronto and landed at the airport at 2.30 pm from Toronto via Singapore. She was stopped while passing through the green channel, a Customs official said. While checking her baggage, the gold and diamond-studded jewellery worth between Rs 20 to Rs 40 lakh was found in her possession, the official said, adding that the actress claimed that while going abroad, she had taken the valuables from India and had declared the goods at that time and hence need not pay the duty.
"We are verifying the claims made by the actress," the Customs official said adding that further proceedings are on.
The ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ star received the Best Actress award at IIFA in Toronto. Meanwhile, Anushka’s spokesperson said she was carrying accessories that were given to her by various brands.
"She is at the Customs only to sign the formal paperwork for the borrowed accessories," her spokesperson told the media. "She would be out soon. The concerned brands would produce the documents (confirming the ownership of the jewellery) and collect the valuables from the customs. It is not her personal stuff," she added.
Actress Minissha Lamba had been detained by the Customs in May for carrying dutiable jewellery that she had not declared. Bipasha Basu had also been stopped at the airport for carrying valuables from abroad.(ANI)