‘Jet Air­ways flight at­ten­dant part of global hawala racket’

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NEW DELHI: A wo­man flight at­ten­dant of Jet Air­ways has been ar­rested by the Direc­torate of Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence (DRI) for al­legedly try­ing to smug­gle out forex worth more than Rs 3 crore, with the agency on Tues­day say­ing that the ac­cused was part of a ma­jor global hawala syn­di­cate.

The DRI of­fi­cials in­ter­cepted the wo­man when she was on a flight to Hong Kong on Mon­day, the agency said in a state­ment.

“Dur­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion of her checked in and hand bag­gage, $4,80,200 wrapped in alu­minium foil hav­ing a mar­ket value of Rs 3.25 crore, has been re­cov­ered,” it said.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, it came to light that the wo­man was a car­rier of a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional hawala syn­di­cate and has car­ried for­eign cur­ren­cies many times for a Delhi-based hawala op­er­a­tor, it said.

The op­er­a­tor, iden­ti­fied as Amit Mal­ho­tra, is a res­i­dent of Vivek Vi­har area in Delhi, a se­nior DRI of­fi­cial said.

He said Mal­ho­tra used crew mem­bers for smug­gling forex.

“Mal­ho­tra would col­lect money from some bul­lion deal­ers in Delhi and send it via some air host­ess to se­lect for­eign des­ti­na­tions. The money was be­ing used for pur­chas­ing gold abroad. The gold would then be sent to In­dia il­le­gally,” the of­fi­cial said.

Mal­ho­tra had be­friended the Jet Air­ways crew six months ago dur­ing a flight to In­dia, he said.

The DRI sus­pected the role of some other crew mem­bers of Jet Air­ways in smug­gling out forex, the of­fi­cial said.

PTI

Direc­torate of Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence (DRI) of­fi­cials pro­duce a Jet Air­ways lady crew mem­ber, who was ar­rested while car­ry­ing US Dol­lars val­ued at Rs. 3.25 crore, at Pa­tiala House Courts on Tues­day

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