India: 59 kg of seized gold missing from IGI airport vault, customs officers suspected.

NEW DELHI: All that glitters is not gold inside customs' high security vault at Indira Gandhi International Airport. A 'high-level stock-taking committee' that recently checked the sealed packets at the vault found that many of them contained spurious pieces.

In all, about 83kg gold has been replaced with lookalike metals in the past two years, but the inspection team was shocked to find that 59kg gold, worth Rs 18.3 crore at current rates, had gone missing in this July alone.

On June 21, TOI had reported the theft of about 800g gold from a sealed packet in the vault. With that, the known pilferage since 2014 had gone up to 24kg. "A complaint was registered at the IGI police station on Monday, " said commissioner customs Sanjay Mangal. The inspection committee carefully checked the packets on observing their weight did not tally with the records, and found yellow-coloured metal pieces inside, Mangal added.

A case has been registered under IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) and 120B (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent). The scale of pilferage has placed customs officials under suspicion as they are in charge of the vault's security. Airport security officers said no one apart from customs personnel is allowed to enter the vault area. Police's initial investigation has also revealed that the seal of Air Customs was intact on all the packets inside which the spurious pieces were found.

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Source: The Times of India.

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