Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and five members of his team were stopped by customs officials at the Mumbai airport for an hour for non-payment of customs duty for six luxury watches as the payment facility was not operational in the early hours of Saturday, an official said. . The incident took place at 12.30 pm when Khan landed at the airport from Dubai in a chartered flight, the official said, adding that the payment counter at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) was not operational in the early hours. Shah Rukh Khan Receives Global Icon of Cinema and Cultural Narrative Award at Sharjah International Book Fair 2022 (Watch Video),
He said that during checking the belongings of Khan and his team members, officials found six expensive watches in a bag. He said that as per customs assessment, the cost of expensive watches is Rs 17.86 lakh. Khan’s bodyguard Ravi Shankar Singh was in the bag full of watches, the official said. Shahrukh Khan stopped by customs at Mumbai airport for bringing expensive watch cover worth Rs 18 lakh from Sharjah,
He said that as the screening process was going on, Khan and his team were stopped at GAT-A VIP terminal for at least an hour. After some time Khan, his secretary Pooja Dadlani and three other team members were let go, he said. He said that since the customs payment counter at GAT was not operational in the early hours, the customs officer took Ravi Shankar Singh with him to Terminal-II of the airport, where Rs 6.88 lakh was paid as customs duty for the watches , They said.
Though the challan was in the name of Ravi Shankar Singh, the fee was paid on behalf of Khan, the official said. He said Singh was allowed to leave in the morning after the customs payment process was over.