Delhi airport reports 67.4 kg gold missing in 7 months
According to the officials, a total of 47 cases is being investigated in IGIA during the last seven months, which makes the highest in the last four years and cumulatively higher than reported over the last three years
A total of 67.4 kg of gold has been disappeared at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) during April-October 2016 — the first seven months of this financial year, making a huge embarrassment to the custom department officials who tracks and penalises unlawful ferrying of gold.
According to the officials, a total of 47 cases is being investigated in IGIA during the last seven months, which makes the highest in the last four years and cumulatively higher than reported over the last three years.
Customs department's vaults come under the Ministry of Finance’s Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Around 130 kg of gold has been "misplaced" from Customs vaults in key airports and cities in the last 3 years.
Confiscated gold in most cases was replaced with imitation or fake metal.The increasing cases of burglary of gold from Custom vaults come at a time when the government is working on its measures to curb black money.
In 2015-16, the IGIA airport recorded five cases of disappearance of 11.26 kg gold from Customs vaults, as against one case of 1.51 kg gold in 2014-15.
This is not the case of Delhi only, when Customs vault at Trichy reported a case of missing gold amounting to 39.82 kg. Here, the burglary has taken place with the help of insider and the gold has been replaced with imitation metal.
The Customs lodged a complaint with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and enquiry into the matter is underway. Asked about it, a senior department official told Indian Express that the numbers are increasing because more such cases are being detected.
“There is an ongoing investigation involving CBEC and CBI officials on the issue of gold disappearance from Customs vaults at airports. The number of such cases has also shown an increase due to higher detection as well as settlement of some cases, which were stuck in litigation,” said a senior official of the Customs department’s Revenue Intelligence & Investigation wing.