In response to an RTI query it was revealed that gold worth crores of rupees seized from smugglers has been mysteriously disappearing from highly secured customs vaults at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport
A total of 23.6 kg of gold is worth some Rs.6.2 crore at the latest market price and FIRs have been registered in the cases by Delhi Police. The Customs department said an enquiry at the highest level has been initiated. No further details were given.
As a result of the cases of disappearance of gold from the customs secure vaults are being regularly reported and the role of customs officials posted there has also come under scrutiny of the police and senior department officials.
Authorities say in most cases the gold is being replaced with yellow metal.