New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday sent a female flight attendant of Jet Airways, arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), to two-day judicial custody for allegedly trying to smuggle out foreign currency worth over Rs 3 crore.
Duty Magistrate Ritu Singh sent air hostess and agent Amit Malhotra, identified as an alleged hawala operator by the DRI, to jail with a direction that they be produced on January 11 before the concerned metropolitan magistrate.
During the hearing, the DRI had sought two-week judicial custody for the arrested duo.
According to a statement issued by the DRI on Tuesday, the air hostess, part of a major global hawala syndicate, was intercepted by DRI officials when she was on a flight to Hong Kong on Monday.
"During examination of her checked-in and hand baggage, USD 4,80,200 wrapped in aluminium foil having market value of Rs 3.25 crore, has been recovered," the statement said.
The agency said the lady had carried foreign currency several times in the past at the behest of Malhotra, a operator based in Vivek Vihar area of New D elhi.
It has been alleged that Malhotra was following a modus operandi of using crew members for smuggling of forex and had befriended the Jet Airways crew member six months ago during a flight to India....