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Preity Zinta held up by customs

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Preity Zinta held up by customs
Jun 4th 2012, 05:29

The Ishkq In Paris actor’s baggage was not cleared at the airport

Preity Zinta is going through a rough patch in her career and the buzz around her debut film as a producer, Ishkq In Paris isn’t really great. To add to her miseries she recently had a brush with the Customs department at the international airport in Mumbai, over clearing of luggage when she returned from Colombo recently.

Preity had gone through the green channel with a handbag when she was stopped by an Air Intelligence Unit batch. She reportedly told them she had no more bags and left the airport. Passengers who do not have anything to declare are allowed to pass through the green channel. However, after about half-an-hour, three of her staff, including her personal assistant, a make-up man and another person, arrived with eight bags, of which four were handbags. All these bags had tags bearing Zinta's name. We heard that the Customs officials refused to clear the bags, saying the actor should have been there, according to the rules.

After the Customs issued summons to her on the same day (May 28), the actor sent her brother the next day with authorisation to clear the baggage. When asked, commissioner of Customs PM Saleem confirmed the incident. Customs has seized two Buddha statues, which the actor claimed were gifts. "We will now ascertain the statues' value," a Customs official said, requesting anonymity. Customs will charge duty on the statues if their value exceeds Rs 35,000.

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