Sunday, 01 June 2014 - 13:15
There is no law preventing foreigners visiting India from wearing gold; Kerala HC
There is no law preventing foreigners visiting India from wearing gold ornaments, the Kerala High Court has held, along with quashing the confiscation of a gold chain worn by a Sri Lankan tourist.
The ruling was issued by justice PN Ravindran after considering a petition filed by Vigneswaran Sethuraman of Colombo Road Galle in Sri Lanka.
On February 22nd, the petitioner had arrived at Cochin International Airport from Colombo wearing a gold chain weighing 10.5 sovereigns.
This was confiscated by Customs and a penalty of 5,000 rupees was imposed on him.
The confiscation and penalty was challenged by the Sri Lankan national in a petition filed to the high court through advocate Aswin Gopakumar.
It was argued that No law in force in India was violated by the petitioner and, therefore, the confiscation of gold chain worn by him and the levying of penalty illegal, arbitrary, and unjust.