Bipasha Basu pays for excess baggage at airport

May 27, 2011

bipasha basu1 199x266, Arriving from London, Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu was Thursday asked to cough up Rs.12,000 for excess baggage by the Customs at the airport here.

Customs officials said Bipasha was not detained but simply asked to pay for excess baggage.

“While her baggage was being checked, some items were found in excess. Hence she was charged customs duty for the items,” Commissioner of Customs (Airport) P.M. Govande told IANS.

“She was not detained, just made to pay a duty, like anyone else who carries baggage in excess,” he added.

Bipasha agreed that she had gone overboard with her shopping and hence had to pay for the excess items she was carrying.

“It was a routine check and many others were being checked as well. I paid Rs.12,000 as tax against some personal goods. I think the Customs is doing an excellent job,” Bipasha said in a statement.

On May 18, Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba was detained at the airport for 16 hours by the customs department for carrying undeclared jewellery worth nearly Rs.50 lakh.

She was intercepted while crossing the Green Channel at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. She was reportedly returning from the Cannes International Films Festival.

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