Bengaluru: 1.7kg gold missing; 4 from Customs booked | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Police have registered a criminal case against four Customs officials in connection with the alleged disappearance of gold weighing 1.7kg from the godown of the Customs office in CR Building, Queens Road in the city.
The gold was seized in two separate cases registered in 2012 and 2016, respectively. The incident came to light during the inspection of the godown by a deputy director of Customs.
Commercial Street police registered a case under IPC section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 420 (cheating) against two superintendents of Customs and two inspectors. Srinivas Gopal M, a superintendent of Customs (vigilance), is the complainant in the case.
Gopal told police that the deputy director had inspected the godown of the department on July 15 and the officials concerned failed to produce 722 grams of gold seized in a case registered in 2012 and 1,042 grams of gold in connection with a 2016 case. The officials found that the gold was missing.
“Two superintendents and two inspectors, who were in charge of supervising the godown, had misused the gold,” Gopal alleged.
This is the second case registered against Customs officials in connection with disappearance of seized gold. In October, 2020, the CBI booked six Customs officials for disappearance of gold weighing 2.6kg from a warehouse at the airport in Bengaluru. Probe in that case is still on.

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