Published On: Wed, May 13th, 2015

DRI seized 52kg gold bars turn out fake

Ahmedabad: The 52kg of `gold’ seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) from two persons here last month are found to be ordinary lead bars with copper coating.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is the administrative head of DRI.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is the administrative head of DRI.

The seized gold consists of lead and copper and very little gold, according to a forensic report.

The report prepared by K J Golania of Directorate of Forensic Sciences was today placed before Additional Metropolitan Magistrate U M Bhatt.

The seized metal, which is in the form of bars, only has a coating of gold which is just 1.1 to 4.4 per cent of the total weight of each bar, the report says.

On April 26, the DRI had seized 52 kg of what it thought was gold from Surender Singh Dagar (39) of Delhi and Saurabh Sarjit Saharan (37) of Guragaon from a hotel here. The duo are still in jail. Further hearing would be held tomorrow.

PTI

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