The crown of Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Srishti Rana has been seized by the custom officials at the Mumbai airport. The crown was taken into custody as it was studded with diamonds. Srishti Rana won the crown in Busan South Korea.
As a matter of fact, such prizes won by the contestants can be free of custom duties. But, in this case that wasn’t so. That was because the customs department requires having a special exemption to waive the tax off. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) can notify of such special exemption.
And as the customs didn’t get any such notification, they naturally seized the crown from Srishti. However, it looks like the seizure is done only for the time being. Srishti Rana was crowned the winner by Himangini Singh Yadu.
India won the pageant for the second time in a row. Himangini Singh Yadu, the former winner also comes from India.