Nagaland minister held in Nepal with cash

Nagaland Home Minister was detained at Kathmandu airport with Indian currency.

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 16:22 PM IST

Kathmandu: Unaware of his identity, Nagaland
Home Minister Imkong Inchen was briefly detained by the
Nepalese police at the airport here today for flouting a
currency ban, in an embarrassment for India.

Inchen, on a private visit here with his family was
found carrying Rs 900,000 in cash with him, with most of the
notes of 1000 and 500 denomination, which are banned, police
said.

Possession of high denomination currency notes is a penal
offence in Nepal and the offenders can face jail terms up to
five years or hefty fines.

The minister told the police that he was not aware of the
ban.

The minister missed his Jet Airways flight and official
sources said he would return to the Indian capital in the
afternoon as police did not press charges against him.

Inchen was detained for questioning when he arrived at
the airport at 0900 hours to catch a flight to Delhi after
attending a marriage function in Kathmandu, Indian embassy
sources said.

The sources said it was normal procedure to question
people carrying big denomination notes as these are banned in
Nepal.

It was only after his questioning that he revealed his
identity.

PTI