Directorate of Revenue Intelligence arrested Deveshi Kulshreshtha on Monday after conducting a surprise check on a flight which was leaving Delhi before dawn.
Deveshi Kulshreshtha, a 25 year old Jet Airways air hostess recently made eight trips to Hong Kong. In all these trips, she carried illegal cash wrapped in a foil. But on Monday, she was caught carrying Rs 3.24 crore (in US dollar currency). The hawala operator who drafted her into this money-laundering network has also been arrested.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence conducted a surprise check on Monday on a flight at Delhi Airport before the flight was leaving. At 2 am, a team entered the flight for a surprise check which was boarding to Hong Kong. Checking Ms Kulshreshtha’s baggage, the officials were amazed to find a suitcase which was hidden underneath her shoes and cosmetics. Clusters of 100 dollar bills were found tightly packed in a foil to avoid the x-ray.
She was immediately brought off the flight and was arrested. Later on, she confessed telling the officials that she had carried 10 lakh dollars in many of the trips over the last two months. Police officials said that she was paid Rs 1 lakh for each trip. Also, she confessed that she was driven into this money-laundering by a hawala operator based in Delhi named Amit Malhotra.
According to investigators, Amit Malhotra collected money from bullion dealers in Delhi and sent it abroad through airline workers, which was channeled back to India in the form of gold. Amit Malhotra and Ms Kulshreshtha met on a flight six months back where Amit befriended her and convinced her in this channel to carry illegal money to Hong Kong. After raiding Malhotra’s home, Rs 3 lakh in cash and 1600 dollars were found.