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8.5 kg gold missing from customs vault at IGI airport

8.5 kg gold missing from customs vault at IGI airport :- On Sunday, in a case of 8.5 kg of gold worth over Rs 2 crore going missing from the customs vaults at IGI airport, Delhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR.

As per the sources from the agency that a case has been registered against unknown officials under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust besides provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

They said that a complaint was received from the Customs department saying it found during a joint stock-taking exercise with DRI and CBI teams that the gold was removed and replaced with non- precious metals in 10 packets.

A total of 8.5 kg of precious metal was allegedly found missing from the customs vault.

After it surfaces that gold seized from smugglers mysteriously disappeared from customs vaults at IGI airport, the authorities ordered the CBI probe in this matter.

As per the sources that earlier, the cases of disappearance of gold had been reported to Delhi Police. As the disappearance of gold continued at the customs vaults,  the Finance Ministry decided to recommend a CBI probe following approval of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

According to the sources that also the vigilance wing of the Finance Ministry is looking into the suspected role of customs officials.

In reply to an RTI query, Delhi customs had said that over 23 kg of gold worth more than Rs. 6 crore had gone missing from its warehouse.

The customs officials had lodged an FIR in the month of June last year in connection with disappearance of 11 kg of gold worth Rs. 2.92 crore from its vault.