Gold worth crores of rupees missing from customs secure vaults

New Delhi,  (PTI): Gold worth crores of rupees seized from smugglers has been mysteriously disappearing from highly-secured customs vaults at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here.

A total of 23.6 kg of gold has been missing from the customs vault. FIRs have been registered in these cases by Delhi Police, the customs department said in reply to an RTI query filed by PTI.

The gold, in bullion or jewellery, seized from smugglers is kept in secure vaults inside the airport terminals. PTI File Photo.

The missing gold is worth about Rs 6.2 crore, as per the latest market price.
“Departmental enquiry at highest level has been initiated in the said cases,” it said without giving further details.

The gold, in bullion or jewellery, seized from smugglers is kept in secure vaults inside the airport terminals.

The cases of mysterious disappearance of gold from the customs secure vaults are being regularly reported. The role of customs officials posted there has also come under scrutiny of the police and senior departmental officials, official sources said.

In June, the customs officials had lodged an FIR with the police to report disappearance of 11 kg of gold, worth Rs 2.92 crore, from its vault.

That gold was seized in five incidents from passengers who had allegedly tried to smuggle it via the international airport, they said.

The incident had come to light when packets containing the yellow metal, covered and sealed at the instance of courts, were opened before a departmental committee as part of inventory proceedings. A test revealed that the sealed material was not gold, the sources said.

In most of the cases, gold is being replaced with yellow-colour metal, they said.
“The role of insiders cannot be ruled out. Both the department and police are probing the matter,” a senior customs official said.

An FIR was filed last year too to probe similar instances of theft. Theft of gold from five packets had been reported to the police on January 16, 20, April 30 and December 23, 2014, as per the Delhi Police FIR.

In these cases also, gold worth lakhs of rupees was replaced by a yellow metal, it said.

5 Comments

  1. Sometimes I wonder how india manages to stay functional with this kind of incompetency and corruption!! How can anyone respect this nation when it can’t even secure gold in safe vaults? Are they making compromises in other safety procedures as well? Are the flights landing and flying out of the location safe? What about our own vimaana nildaana where they seem to confiscate gold from kasaragodu geniuses almost on weekly basis? Do we know what happened to all the gold seized ?

    • Are the flights landing and flying out of the location safe? – Rampa

      ಹತ್ತು ವರುಷಕ್ಕೆ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಮಂಗಳೂರಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಲು ಇಟ್ಟರೆ ಇದೆ ಆಗುತ್ತೆ ಕಣೋ!

    • Sometimes I wonder how india manages to stay functional with this kind of incompetency and corruption!! – Rampu

      Please ask that question to your ಪ್ರವಾಸಿ ಸೇವಕ when he visits ಸಿಲಿಕನ್ ವ್ಯಾಲೀ – Yumreeka. 🙂

      I wonder why nobody conferred NRI status on him as yet since he qualifies for it very well.

    • Original R.Pai SAYS, ‘What about our own vimaana nildaana where they seem to confiscate gold from kasaragodu geniuses almost on weekly basis? Do we know what happened to all the gold seized ?

      Yes dear Paimaam, let us all worry about gold smuggling, so that you can stop us all worrying about the terrorism in Kashmir and the violation and killing of our soldiers and civilians by Pakistan on hourly basis!

  2. On ALMOST every occasion when gold is ‘found’ at MIA, we have our Yumreeki ‘Jasoos’ Rampa who makes it his life’s mission to copy-paste the details here. However, when gold goes missing, our Jasoos is silent as a Charleston church mouse! I wonder why! 🙂

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