A Nigerian national carrying Rs 53.78 in new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes from Delhi was detained on Friday. In addition to the new notes, the man was also in possession of Rs 4.29 lakh in old demonetised notes. The passenger was travelling to Coimbatore with the cash when officials at the airport detained him. All the cash was being transported without proper documentation.
Officials in the Coimbator airport intercepted and seized the cash in the wee hours of Friday at around 2.35 AM when the passenger had flown down from the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi. A case has been registered and the Nigerian national is being questioned.
This incident comes a day after five people were detained near the Chennai airport on Thursday for possessing undocumented cash in new currency notes. Officials from the revenue intelligence department in Chennai had seized Rs 1.34 crore, all in new Rs 2,000 currency notes from the five persons following a tip off.