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Three arrested for diverting duty-free diamonds from Surat SEZ into the domestic market, says DRI

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Three arrested for diverting duty-free diamonds from Surat SEZ into the domestic market, says DRI

Surat (Gujarat) [India], December 13: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested three employees including the director of the Surat Special Economic Zone (SurSEZ) based company on the alleged charges of running a hawala scam here on Monday.

The Surat Special Economic Zone (SurSEZ) has again grabbed the headlines for the illegal selling of diamonds imported from foreign countries into the Domestic Tariff Area (DTA).

As per the information received, the DRI officials arrested three persons including two employees and the director of Karolina India Private Trade Limited from the SurSEZ for allegedly diverting natural diamonds into the domestic market.

Sources said the DRI officials seized diamonds valued at Rs 1.50 crore in the possession of the three persons. The SurSEZ-based company imported diamonds from foreign countries and that they were selling in the DTA, thereby indulging in the miss-declaration of goods imported in the SEZ and running the hawala racket.

The accused were taken to the New Civil Hospital (NCH) for medical examination and that they were presented in the district and sessions court for further proceedings.

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