In another news report about Jet Airways, a crew member has been arrested for money laundering case. Apparently, the woman Deveshi Kulshreshtha was in touch with the hawala operator Amit Malhotra. The two of them met on a New Delhi-Hong Kong Jet Airway flight in August 2017 and struck a deal when they met outside the IGI Airport later.
Both of them have been arrested by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and have been sent to a two-day judicial custody. At the time of her arrest, Deveshi was reportedly carrying 3.2 crore. She had been operating two bank accounts and had been transferring the money that she received from Malhotra into the account which was unknown to her husband. Her husband has told the DRI that he had not been aware of her extra income.
The DRI raided Malhotra’s East Delhi house and recovered 3.3 lakhs in Indian currency and $2500 in cash. He is being further probed by the DRI to check if he had links with Delhi businessmen. Interestingly, the investigations have also found out that Malhotra had been paying Kulshreshtha less money than what he had promised. As per the deal that was stuck between them, Malhotra had said that he would pay Kulshreshtha INR 1 for every dollar that she was an accomplice in laundering.
According to the news report, one of the ways of laundering the money was to wrap in aluminum foil to avoid detection. During the first trip she had laundered $50,000 but during her last trip, the amount had increased to $480,200.