With the arrest of a 25-year-old Jet Airways air-hostess, a shocking money laundering racket has come to light. Jet Airways air hostess, who was caught smuggling $480,200 (valued at Rs 3.25 crore) wrapped in aluminium foil, had reportedly smuggled foreign currency on at least seven previous occasions.
With the arrest of a 25-year-old Jet Airways air-hostess, a shocking money laundering racket has come to light. Jet Airways air hostess, who was caught smuggling $480,200 (valued at Rs 3.25 crore) wrapped in aluminium foil, had reportedly smuggled foreign currency on at least seven previous occasions before she was caught on Sunday late night on board a Delhi-Hong Kong flight. A hawala operator, Amit Malhotra, who allegedly drafted her into a money-laundering network has also been arrested. Devshi Kulshreshtha was arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on Monday after a surprise check on a flight leaving Delhi before dawn.
Investigators also said that the crew member was well trained in hiding money and used to wrap the currency bundles in aluminium foil, which the scanner at the airport was not able to detect easily. Reportedly, police are conducting raids at several locations on the basis of information provided by the two accused and the recovered documents.
The genesis of the crime?
In August 2017, Amit Malhotra was travelling in a Jet Airways flight from Hong Kong to Delhi when he was impressed by the hospitality provided by Devshi Kulshrestha, a member of the cabin crew. After serving dinner to the flyers, the air hostess was taking a break in the bay area when Malhotra approached her and the two exchanged numbers. Days later, she got a message from Malhotra, asking if they could meet up. The two met on her day off — it was then that Malhotra told her about his plan.
Malhotra held demos for her to prove that the money neatly wrapped in foil couldn’t be detected by X-ray machines. To begin with, Malhotra played safe — the first consignment involved a small amount. After placing a stack of dollars at the bottom, Kulshrestha put her make-up kit and clothes over them. The experiment was successful and this started a rewarding arrangement between the two. Reportedly, she used to get 1 per cent of the total money she laundered as commission. According to police, she delivered seven consignments before her luck finally ran out.
The DRI officials said that Amit too had travelled to Hong Kong on multiple occasions on the same money laundering business, as per media reports. The DRI has raided Malhotra’s house in east Delhi and recovered ₹3.3 lakh in Indian currency and $2,500 along with other evidence.