Goa minister detained with $10 mn, released

Controversial Goa minister Atanasio Monserrate was detained late Friday at the Mumbai airport for allegedly carrying huge amount of foreign currency undisclosed.

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 00:49 AM IST

Mumbai/Panaji: Goa Education Minister
Atanasio Monserrate was detained at the Mumbai airport for
allegedly carrying unaccounted foreign and Indian currency, a
senior Customs official said on Saturday.

The minister was later let off this evening after hours of quizzing.
The Minister and his associate were detained since
last night for possessing undisclosed Indian and UAE currency
notes, the official said on condition of anonymity.

"Monserrate, who was to fly to Dubai, was carrying
USD 2,5000 Traveller`s Cheque, over 70,000 dirhams and Rs 1.25
lakh in cash," he added.

Another official in the Air Intelligence Unit of
the Customs said Rs 1.16 lakh in Indian currency and
equivalent of Rs 22.84 lakh in different foreign currencies
were seized from the Goa politician.

"He has been detained and would be released after a
thorough questioning and examination of his papers. His
passport will be impounded pending enquiry," the official
Monserrate`s elder son Rohit was arrested in 2009 for
allegedly raping a minor German girl in Goa.

In February, Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was
detained at the Delhi airport for allegedly carrying about Rs
60 lakh of undeclared foreign currency.

The singer and his manager Maroof were later slapped
with a penalty of Rs 15 lakh each in connection with the
recovery of huge amount of foreign currency from them.