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Mumbai Airport officials seize Hardik Pandya's watches worth ₹5 crores; Here's what he says

The incident took place when Team India players were returning home from UAE after a disappointing show in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday late night, November 14.

Mumbai Airport officials seize Hardik Pandya's watches worth ₹5 crores; Here's what he says
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Reports claimed that Mumbai Airport custom officials have seized two luxury wrist watches worth ₹5 crores from cricketer Hardik Pandya after they observed a discrepancy in the serial numbers mentioned on the watches and invoice.

According to officials, Pandya did not have invoices for the watches, nor had he declared these watches as customs items. As a consequence, the customs officials confiscated his watches.

The incident took place when Team India players were returning home from UAE after a disappointing show in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on Monday early morning, November 15.

However, releasing an official statement, Hardik Pandya denied all the charges and said that the watches were worth 1.5 crore and not 5 crore “as per rumours floating around on social media.”

He further mentioned: "I voluntarily went to Mumbai airport customs counter to declare the items brought by me and pay the requisite customs duty. Wrong perceptions have been floating around on social media regarding my declaration to customs at Mumbai airport, and I would like to clarify about what transpired."

"I had voluntarily declared all the items that I'd lawfully purchased from Dubai and was ready to pay whatever duties that needed to be paid. As a matter of fact, the customs department had asked for all purchase documents which were submitted; however customs is doing proper valuation for duty which I've already confirmed to pay," he added.

Notably, the Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder player owns some of the most expensive watches in the world and is also seen sporting them during his photoshoot.

Interestingly, last year, his brother and cricketer Krunal Pandya was detained at the T2 International Airport in Mumbai while returning from Dubai over suspicion of being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables of ₹1 crores.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Hardik who has been struggling with his form, has not been included in the Team India squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand, which is set to commence from November 17.

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