Not Shah Rukh Khan, his security guard detained at Mumbai International Airport over expensive luxury watches
While earlier reports suggested that superstar Shah Rukh Khan was stopped at Mumbai airport, an officer told Zee News that it was one of his security details who was arrested.
Update: An officer privy to the matter has confirmed Zee News English that one of the security guards of Shah Rukh Khan, and not the superstar himself was arrested at the Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport by the customs department.
Reports earlier had suggested Shah Rukh was carrying expensive watches, when in fact, the items were watch winder cases instead. The officer further revealed, "Then, Ravi Singh, who is from SRK's security team (Ravi is Shah Rukh Khan's trusted bodyguard) was escorted with one bag, which had the goods for payment of duty along with one customs officer to Terminal 2. Over there, Ravi paid the customs duty of Rs 6.88 lakhs (calculated as per the customs duty of 38.5 percent)."
The incident took place on Friday night (November 11) when the actor was barred from leaving the airport for expensive watches in the baggage of people accompanying King Khan. However, reports suggest that the actor was allowed to leave the airport after paying the customs duty for the expensive watches. The actor had to pay Rs 6.83 lakh in customs duty.
Based on the reports, the expensive watches were found in the bags of people accompanying the actor when he and his entourage were exiting the terminal. The actor was returning after attending an event in Sharjah and had landed at the Terminal 3 of the airport on a private jet.
Reports suggest that the expensive watches were found in the actor's bag when he and his entourage exited the terminal. The actor was returning after attending an event in Sharjah and had landed at the Terminal 3 of the airport on a private jet.
Shah Rukh Khan and his manager were allowed to leave the airport after completing the due process with the airport's customs department. However, reports say that some of his entourage members were detained and allowed to leave the airport around morning. The whole issue was based on six expensive watches found in the bags of people accompanying the superstar. Reports suggest that the combined worth of the watches was over Rs 18 lakh.
Shah Rukh Khan was in Sharjah to attend the International Book Fair 2022. At the event, the actor was Global Icon of Cinema and Cultural Narrative Award for his work in international cinema and culture. The photos and videos went viral on various social media platforms and were widely appreciated by fans of the actor. Mr Khan also delivered a speech at the event.