Mumbai: Customs sleuths detained Goa's Education Minister Atanasio Monseratte at the Mumbai international airport after he was allegedly found carrying over USD10 million, an official said.

Following a tip-off, the officials of custom department waited for Monseratte who arrived here by a domestic flight from Goa and was reportedly planning to go abroad.  Officials from the customs and other departments were questioning him for the huge amount of cash.

He was also carrying Rs 2.5 million in Indian currency.  Security at the Mumbai airport has been extremely tight since the past few days in view of the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka and the heavy movement of VVIPs from India and abroad.

According to sources in the Air Intelligence Unit of the Customs, Rs 1.16 lakh in Indian currency and equivalent of Rs 22.84 lakh in different foreign currencies have been seized from the minister.

"He has been detained and would be released after a thorough examination of his papers. His passport will be impounded pending enquiry," the sources said on condition of anonymity.

(Agencies)