The customs agency had only taken one watch worth 1.5 crores for "appropriate value," according to Hardik Pandya.
Cricketer Hardik Pandya denied claims that he was detained at the Mumbai airport on his return from Dubai with two wristwatches valued at Rs. 5 crores, stating just one watch worth Rs. 1.5 crore was taken for "appropriate appraisal."
According to a report by news agency ANI on Tuesday, the Customs Department seized two watches on Sunday night since Mr. Pandya allegedly did not have a bill for them.
Mr. Pandya issued a statement on Twitter denying the allegations, saying, "I went to the Mumbai airport customs counter freely to declare the products I had brought and pay the required customs duty. Wrong impressions about my customs declaration at Mumbai airport have been circulating on social media, and I'd want to clarify what happened."
"I'd disclosed all of the things I'd purchased legally in Dubai and was prepared to pay any duties that were owed. In reality, the customs agency had sought full purchase papers, which I had already agreed to furnish; however, customs is currently completing an acceptable duty amount, which I have already agreed to pay "he declared.
"The watch costs roughly 1.5 crores, not 5 crores as some reports on social media suggest. I'm a law-abiding person who holds all government entities in high regard. I've received full cooperation from the Mumbai customs department, and I've informed them that I'll give them any legitimate paperwork they require to clear this problem. All charges that I have crossed any legal boundaries are completely false "Added he.
After India's participation in the T20 World Cup in Dubai, Hardik Pandya was heading home.
According to ANI, cricketer Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya's brother, was detained at Mumbai International Airport last year on suspicion of possessing unregistered gold and other valuables.