A female flight attendant of Jet Airways has been arrested by the Indian Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly trying to smuggle out USD 4,80,200 out of the country, according to an official statement.
The accused was intercepted by DRI officials when she was on a flight to Hong Kong yesterday, it said.
The DRI officials found USD 4,80,200 (approximately Rs 3.21 crore) wrapped in foil in her possession, the statement said.
On investigation, it was found that she was working with an agent, named Amit Malhotra, a resident of Vivek Vihar area here, a senior DRI official said.
He said that Amit Malhotra was following a modus operandi of using crew members for smuggling of foreign exchange.
"Malhotra would collect money from some bullion dealers in Delhi and send it via some air hostess to select foreign destinations. The money was being used for purchasing gold abroad. The gold would then be sent to India illegally," the official said.