Tirupati, Mar 29 (PTI) A 26-year-old model Sangeeta Chatterjee was today remanded in judicial custody for 14 days following her arrest in Kolkata for her alleged involvement in a red sanders smuggling case, police said.

Police said Sangeet, hailing from Kolkata, was arrested yesterday.

She was produced before the judge at his official residence at Pakala, 40 km from here, as it happened to be a holiday for courts on account of the ‘Ugadi’ festival, they said.

The judge Devender Reddy remanded her to judicial custody and she was subsequently sent to a sub-jail in Chittoor, 70 km from here, Deputy Superintendent of Police M Giridhar Rao said.

He said Sangeeta, former employee of a private airliner, was arrested after a two-week clandestine operation by an 8-member police team led by him in Kolkata.

Chittoor district police had arrested Sangeeta in Kolkata in May last year on charges of red sanders smuggling.

However, she secured bail from a court in Kolkata, Rao said.

Police said she had played a major role in red sanders smuggling in major cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and abroad with the help of a Chennai-based smuggler Markondus Lakshmanan, who was arrested in 2014.

It was based on Lakshmanan s confession that two cases were registered against Sangeeta in March 2016 and she had been evading arrest for the last six months, Rao said.

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