Mika detained at Mumbai airport

Artists and entertainers coming in from overseas have always had to face stringent laws at the airport. The latest to be detained was singer Mika, who was arrested at the Mumbai airport yesterday by the Customs department. Mika who was returning from Bangkok via a private airline at 7.30pm was reportedly carrying currency of Rs. 3 lakh and $12,000 (worth Rs. 6.36 lakh) in his person.
The arrest was made as under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) regulations, any traveler arriving in India with more than Rs 7,500 and US $5,000 has to declare it to the authorities. However, Mika reportedly didn't make that declaration despite carrying currency more than the permissible limit.

The singer was stopped by the Air Intelligence Unit batch upon his arrival, on inspection apart from the currency, the officials also found two liquor bottles of foreign brand and other branded items exceeding duty-free limit.

Post the detention, the singer was granted bail while citing that he was unaware of the FEMA laws. However, the currency and goods exceeding the duty-free limit have been seized and a case has been filed against him under Foreign Exchange Management Act.

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