Actress Sushmita Sen appeared on Monday before a special court at Egmore. Madras Court had ordered the former Miss Universe to appear in association with the import of Toyota Land Cruiser in alleged violations of foreign trade policy provisions.
On July 20, the high court stayed the warrant issued by the lower court against Sen. The court had directed the actress to appear before the trial court on Monday.
The case was registered by the Customs Department and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence after it found that the luxury vehicle was imported by misusing the provisions of Transfer of Residence of the Exim policy.
The investigators said that a person named Haren Choksey had sold a Toyota Landcruiser, imported by another named Vasu Pandari Thamala, to Sen. Later, it was found that the car was imported by alleged mis-declaration of the chassis number, year of manufacture and the value.
Though the car was a 2004 model, it was declared as manufactured in 1998 to evade customs duties. On January 24, 2006, the DRI had seized the vehicle under provisions of the Customs Act, following which Sen voluntarily deposited Rs 20.31 lakh as differential customs duty.
The adjudication authority then slapped a penalty of Rs 20 lakh on Thamala and Rs 10 lakh on Choksey in 2008.
As the car was cleared by Chennai port customs authority, a case was registered against Choksey and Thamala for evasion of customs duty at the Egmore economic offences court here and Sen was asked to appear to provide evidence against the duo.
As Sen failed to appear for hearing to provide evidence in the court in June, the magistrate had issued a warrant against Sen which was challenged by her.
According to the high court orders, she appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Zakir Hussain, today. She was cross examined by the counsel for the accused in the above case for more than an hour. After that, the judge adjourned the case to September 26.