Actor Kalabhavan Mani fined by customs
Comedian and actor Kalabhavan Mani, who created a fuss at the customs counter in the airport here last week when officials pointed out he was carrying more than permissible quantity of gold, was Monday fined Rs.7,000, officials said.
As per law, only 20 grams of gold ornaments can be brought in by an international passenger and according to customs officials, the bangle weighed 181 grams.
As the incident became news, Mani claimed that the bangle was only gold-plated and expressed his displeasure against the media for playing it up.
However, officials, proceeding as per law, served notice to the actor asking him to appear before them. He appeared before them Monday evening.
Since he had not endorsed taking the bangle while travelling to Kuwait, the officials levied a fine of Rs.7,000 on him and returned the article to him.