Chennai: Two people who tried to smuggle Rs 40 lakh to Kuala Lumpur were nabbed here at the airport. Officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence said the men were smuggling the money to pay salaries of Indian workers.

A DRI official said the seizure was based on a tip they received. “The money was concealed in the check-in baggage. We are searching for one more person,” he said. The seized notes were in the denominations of 500 and 1,000. “The men were intercepted at the departure terminal while they were waiting to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur,” said the official.

Officials said the money was being smuggled for distribution among job agents who employed Indian workers. Rules allow a flier to take only 10,000 when they fly abroad.