Television soap queen and filmmaker Ekta Kapoor was allegedly harassed by customs officials when she was returning from Bangkok. Ekta was asked to pay approximately Rs 45,000 for goods that belonged to her friends.
In last few days the Mumbai Customs officials posted at the airport have conducted a series of checks on celebrities returning from abroad and reportedly they are going overboard with such checks. Apparently, the allegation is on one officer who has instructed his juniors to keep an eye on celebrities.
Ekta Kapoor told DNA, "We were four of us and as far as I know the law, we are allowed to shop for one lakh rupees. We had shopped for only 70,000. I told them that we four traveled in a group, but they told me that I had to pay a fine nevertheless. I am a law abiding citizen and I paid the fine without creating a fuss."
Ekta's friend informs that the filmmaker was made to stand for an hour while the Customs Officials humiliated her by asking unnecessary questions. Ekta kept quiet and patiently answered to their questions. Ekta is surprised that all false reports have been doing the rounds in the media claiming that she was carry goods worth Rs 10 lakhs when the actual amount was not even Rs 1 Lakh. On the other hand the Customs department has not yet issued any official statement regarding the issue.