The Income Tax department has alerted its air intelligence units at all airports in the country after it detected unaccounted wealth of Rs 33 crore and seized Rs 8.3 crore worth of diamonds from the IGI airport here recently. The I-T sleuths are also scanning air couriers as concealed cash and jewellery were detected in the last three months.

The department has seized about 30 kilograms of gold and seized Rs three crore cash from air travellers at various airports including at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Ahmedabad during the same period.

The biggest haul was at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi recently when a traveller had concealed diamond jewellery worth Rs 8.3 crore.

“The department has alerted all its air intelligence units in order to detect tax evasion through the air route. Couriers and other air parcels are also under the scanner of the department,” I-T sources said.

According to official data, at Mumbai airport it seized Rs 1.5 crore in December which led to a disclosure of Rs 6.33 crore.

15 kilogram gold was seized at IGI airport, Rs 57 lakh at Patna airport, Rs 38 lakh at Chennai airport, 5 kilograms gold at Vishakhapatnam and 4.5 kilograms gold at Coimbatore airport in the last three months.

The department also seized 20,000 Pounds at the Kolkata airport which were being sent in a courier in December last year.

Sources said the units have also intercepted some “small hidden cash” from air passengers and based on the leads and further investigation, the department has found undisclosed income to the tune of almost Rs 20 crore.

The I-T department has established its air intelligence units at prominent airports across the country and is planning to expand them to other smaller airports.

These units are manned by I-T officials and they work in close co-ordination with the Customs, Immigration and police officials posted at the airports.

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