Jet Airways on Thursday terminated services of the air hostess arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence earlier this week for carrying US dollars worth over Rs 3 crores, reports ANI. The accused girl was intercepted by DRI officials when she was on a flight to Hong Kong on Monday. The DRI officials found USD 4,80,200 wrapped in foil in her possession. On investigation, it was found that she was working with an agent, named Amit Malhotra, a resident of Vivek Vihar area of Delhi.
It was found that Amit Malhotra had befriended her six months ago during a flight to India. Both of them have been arrested. Malhotra would collect money from some bullion dealers in Delhi. Then he used to send it via some air hostess to select foreign destinations. The money was being used for purchasing gold abroad. The gold would then be sent to India illegally. The Jet Airways has earlier said that it would take further action against the staff member.
Earlier, a Jet Airways spokesperson said, “During an inspection by a DRI team, a large sum of foreign currency was recovered from an employee of the airline. The employee has been taken into custody. Based on the investigations and inputs from law enforcement agencies, the airline will take further action.” “Jet Airways has a strict code of conduct and zero tolerance towards any action of its employees that contravenes domestic or international laws of the countries in/to which it operates,” the spokesperson added.
“In her voluntary statement, she admitted the aforesaid recovery, seizure and other incriminating facts. She also inter-alia named No. 2 (Malhotra), hereinabove to be concerned with the smuggling of the recovered and seized foreign currency,” said PTI report quoting DRI.