NEW DELHI: Hardik Pandya, the flamboyant Indian Cricketer, has been caught in the latest controversy with the Mumbai Customs Department.
According to reports, the customs officials seized two expensive wristwatches worth Rs. 5 crores from the all-rounder at Mumbai Airport while he was returning from Dubai. Pandya refuted these claims by saying that the watches were not Rs 5 crores but worth Rs 1.5 crores.
The 28-year-old all-rounder took to his Twitter handle on Tuesday morning to prove his innocence."Early on Monday morning, 15th November, on my arrival from Dubai, after picking up my luggage, I voluntarily went to the Mumbai customs counter to declare the items bought by me and pay the requisite customs duty. Wrong perceptions have been floating around on social media regarding my declaration to customs at Mumbai airport, and I would like to clarify about what transpired", his statement said. He further went on to say that he had voluntarily declared all the items that he had lawfully purchased from Dubai and he was ready to pay his dues. He concluded his statement by reiterating the fact that he is a law-abiding citizen of the country and that he respects all government agencies. He denied all the rumours circulating around him.
Hardik Pandya, along with his brother Krunal Pandya, is renowned for his extravagant lifestyle. Hardik's collections include luxury cars, wristwatches, clothing brands, and whatnot. He owns Patek Philippe Nautilus Platinum 5711 which is worth around Rs 5 crores. He will miss out on the upcoming New Zealand series as he has been dropped. It could be because of his recent dip in form. He has been replaced by Venkatesh Iyer. Iyer looked good in this year's IPL playing a critical role in KKR's road to the final.
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