India allrounder Krunal Pandya recently landed in trouble at the Mumbai airport after his arrival from the UAE following the conclusion of IPL 2020. The Mumbai Indians star was detained at the Mumbai International Airport by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables.
According to report, he had returned shortly after 5 pm by a flight from UAE when he was stopped at the airport by DRI personnel. Krunal Pandya had purchased valuables, including gold chains, totalling to a huge amount, which was much above the permissible limits as per Indian laws.
After being held by the officials, the cricketer insisted that he was unaware of the rules and was allowed to leave only after he apologised. As per reports, he also agreed to pay the penalties for the offence and assured that he would not repeat the error.
Instagram lands Krunal Pandya in trouble:
According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror, Instagram was one of the sources which made the DRI officials catch Krunal Pandya at the airport. DRI was keeping a watch on his flashy Instagram posts of the allrounder. He was in possession of undisclosed high-end watches and gold worth close to INR 1 crore.
The report stated that the DRI officials were keeping a tab on Krunal Pandya for quite some time. The basis for their suspicion was his habit of flashing costly watches in his social media posts, mainly on Instagram.
An examination by DRI officers ‘led to a few high-end luxury watches but as the total value of the valuables was less, the agency subsequently referred the case to the Airport Customs for further action’.
“Pandya was detained and luxury watches were found,” a DRI officer told the news outlet. “As the case is small by DRI standards and also as it is a non-recurring type, it is being handed over to Airport Customs by DRI, as per normal practice.”