India Jet Airways air hostess held for smuggling Rs 3.2 crore in US dollars part of hawala ring

08:55  10 january  2018
08:55  10 january  2018 Source:   Hindustan Times

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The hawala operator had befriended the Jet Airways crew six months ago during a flight to India, he said. Read: Jet Airways air hostess sent to 2-day judicial custody for smuggling Rs 3 . 2 cr.

  Jet Airways air hostess held for smuggling Rs 3.2 crore in US dollars part of hawala ring © Hindustan Times

Jet Airways air hostess, who was caught smuggling $480,200 (valued at ₹3.25 crore) wrapped in aluminium foil, had reportedly smuggled foreign currency on at least seven previous occasions before she was caught on Sunday late night on board a Delhi-Hong Kong flight.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), who have arrested Deveshi Kulshreshtha (25) along with her agent Amit Malhotra (39), said the duo are part of a bigger international hawala syndicate.

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A city court on Tuesday sent Kulshreshtha and Malhotra to two-day judicial custody and directed the DRI to produce them before the concerned metropolitan magistrate on January 11.

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With the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence interrogating the woman flight attendant of Jet Airways , arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle out forex worth more than Rs 3 crore , the agency on Tuesday said that the accused was part of a major global hawala syndicate.

New Delhi: A Jet Airways air hostess was arrested with Rs . 3.21 crore in US dollar bills wrapped in foil on Monday for allegedly making seven trips to Hong Kong with illegal cash. Reportedly, a hawala operator who allegedly drafted her into his money-laundering network has also been arrested.

Sources said that Malhotra met Kulshreshtha in August last year when he was returning from Hong Kong by a Jet Airways flights. “Malhotra had a chat with her while she was serving the meal to him. They exchanged contact details and later met to discuss the plan. She made four-five domestic trips before going to Hong Kong. Before going there, she used to meet the supplier and collect the currency from him,” said a DRI official on condition of anonymity.

Investigators said she used to get 1% of the total money she laundered as commission.

“In August last year, she travelled for the first time with $50,000. Thereafter, she travelled with $1,00,000 and this was her eighth trip with the Hawala money. Another person used to come to the hotel in Hong Kong to collect the money. Malhotra, who runs a tour and travel business in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar, has also been arrested,” said the DRI official.

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A woman f light 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.

According to DRI, the Jet Airways flight attendant arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle out forex was part of a major global hawala syndicate. WATCH: Jet Airways air hostess caught red-handed carrying Rs 3 .21 cr worth hawala dollars .

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Official said that Amit too had travelled to Hong Kong on multiple occasions on the same money laundering business.

The DRI has raided Malhotra’s house in east Delhi and recovered ₹3.3 lakh in Indian currency and $2,500 along with other evidence. The DRI said that some businessmen and colleagues of the airline crew were also on their radar and will be interrogated soon.

“Malhotra knew several businessmen and promised to convert their black money into white. Now, we have to work on the leads given by them and more arrests are likely to happen soon,” the officer added.

Investigators also said that crew member was well trained in hiding money and used to wrap the currency bundles in aluminum foil, which the scanner at the airport was not able to detect easily.

A Jet Airways spokesperson had confirmed the incident. “Based on the investigations and inputs from law enforcement agencies, the airline will take further action,” the spokesperson said in a statement on Monday. There was no fresh statement from the airlines on Tuesday.

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