New Delhi: Customs officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi apprehended a 53-year old man returning from Dubai with 100 units of Apple iPhone X on Friday. The mobile handsets are pegged to be worth Rs 86 lakhs. The flyer was passing through the green channel when customs officials intercepted him and subsequently found these devices in his luggage.
iPhone X is said to be the costliest mobile device ever launched by Apple and has been the best selling phone so far. The 64 GB version of the device costs around Rs 85,000 per unit in India, while it costs only Rs 70,000 in Dubai. The customs officials were acting on a tip-off they had received about a person allegedly trying to smuggle Apple devices into the country.
A customs department official informed the media that the detained flyer has been charged under Section 104 of the Customs Act 1962, while the devices recovered from him will be seized by the department under Section 110 of the Customs Act 1962. It is not a new phenomenon where passengers flying into the country from foreign destinations are intercepted for having in possession undeclared multiple electronic devices like mobile phones and laptops, allegedly being smuggled into the country. Apple devices are one of the most smuggled mobile phones into the country.