It seems nothing is going right for the India all-rounder, Hardik Pandya. After accusation of rape, Hardik’s below-par performance in the ICC T20 World Cup led to his ouster from Team India. He is now under the scanner of custom officials for carrying two expensive watches without bill.

A report by ANI had said that two watches worth INR 5 crore were seized by custom officials. However, Hardik Pandya refuted claims, saying one watch worth INR 1.5 crore has been taken for valuation.

“I voluntarily went to Mumbai airport customs counter to declare the items brought 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 what transpired,” Hardik’s statement read.

“I had voluntarily declared all the items that I’d lawfully purchased from Dubai and was ready to pay whatever duties that needed to be paid. As a matter of fact, the customs department asked for all purchase documents which were submitted; however customs is doing proper valuation for duty which I’ve already confirmed to pay,” he said.

“The cost of the watch is approximately Rs 1.5 crore and not Rs 5 crore as per the rumours floating around on social media. I’m a law-abiding citizen of the country and I respect all government agencies. I’ve received all the cooperation from the Mumbai customs department and I’ve assured them of my full cooperation and will provide them with whatever legitimate documents they need to get this matter cleared. All allegations against me of crossing any legal boundaries are totally unfounded,” he added.

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