Oops! Sushmita gets a warrant by court for illegal import

Sushmita Sen is having more than just a brush with the law. The actress has found herself amidst a custom duty fraud, for a luxury car that she had bought.

The Madras High Court has directed Sushmita to depose as a witness before a trial court in Chennai on September 18 in the said case. She had challenged the witness warrant issued against her by the Economic Offences Court. Justice R Suresh Kumar disposed the petition and directed the court to take up the case after concluding hearing of emergency and calling matters and complete her cross examination on the same day itself.

He also directed the police to give adequate protection to the former Miss Universe and her belongings during her appearance in the court. The judge cancelled the warrant in view of the direction to appear in the lower court.

Earlier, Justice Suresh Kumar had on July 20 stayed the warrant and directed the economic offences court not to execute it till the next hearing of her petition.

 

Oops! Sushmita gets a warrant by court for illegal import

 

The case had been registered by the Customs Department and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) after it was found that the luxury car bought by Sen, was imported by seller Haren Choksey 'misusing' the provisions of Transfer of Residence (TR rules) of the Exim policy.

Later, it was found that the car was imported by alleged mis-declaration of the chassis number, year of manufacture and the value. Though the car was a 2004 model, it was declared as manufactured in 1998 to evade customs duties.

On January 24, 2006, the DRI had seized the vehicle under the provisions of the Customs Act, following which Sen voluntarily deposited Rs 20.31 lakh as differential customs duty.

Had this been done earlier itself, the trouble could have been avoided.

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