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CBI registers 4 FIRs to probe Customs gold theft case

CBI registers 4 FIRs to probe Customs gold theft case

NEW DELHI: CBI registered four separate cases over alleged theft of nearly 30 kilogram of gold seized by the Customs Department, from the department’s vaults at the airport.

The allegedly smuggled gold was confiscated by the Customs from various passengers during the last three decades.

The FIRs said that a Stock Taking Committee was constituted to analyze valuable items held at Customs godown at the airport which found that in large number of cases seized gold was missing or was replaced by non-valuable metal.

The matter was probed by the Delhi Police but now the Home Ministry decided to refer it to the CBI.

The agency has so far registered four FIRs against unknown persons. The total quantity of missing gold in these FIRs is over 29.32 kilos (valued at about Rs 80 million at present rates).