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NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has stated that the World Cup Tournament Director had informed the Customs in Mumbai that the trophy brought from Colombo by two passengers was “not to be used for any purpose inside the country for the ongoing World Cup.”
The two passengers, Mrs Emma Waite and Mr. Rixon Heyder, who arrived on April 1, were found to carry a trophy, which they claimed was the “ICC perpetual trophy”.
The CBEC stated in a release on Monday that all goods and equipment imported temporarily for the World Cup had been exempted from Customs duty.
“However, the list given by the ICC Tournament Committee did not cover the aforesaid trophy,” the statement said.
To remove doubts, the Customs officers contacted the ICC Tournament Director, Ratnakar Shetty. According to the Customs, Prof Shetty, in his letter dated April 1, informed it that the trophy in question was not to be used for the World Cup inside the country, and that it would be taken back to the ICC headquarters on the completion of Ms Waite and Mr. Heyder's assignment.
Prof. Shetty also wrote, according to the Customs, that the Customs office may hold the trophy in the Customs warehouse at the Mumbai airport till it was collected by the two passengers on their return.
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