New Delhi : There has been an unprecedented five-time jump in cases of gold smuggling in 2014-15 over 2012-13 during which yellow metal worth Rs 1,120 crore was seized, notwithstanding easing of curbs on its import.

What is worrying revenue intelligence officials is that cases of smuggling have not come down despite the legal import of gold into the country increasing significantly during the same period.

A total of 4,400 cases of gold smuggling have been registered in the country during 2014-15. About 4,480 kgs (4.48 metric tonnes) of the precious metal valued at about Rs 1,120 crore was seized in these cases, a senior official in Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) told PTI.  252 persons were also arrested in the last fiscal in these cases, he said.

There were 870 cases of gold smuggling registered during 2012-13, five times less than those filed in 2014-15 fiscal. About 400 kgs of gold valued at about Rs 100 crore was seized in these cases, the official said.

2,700 such cases were registered in 2013-14 in which 2,760 kgs (2.76 metric tonnes) of gold, worth about Rs 690 crore was seized, he said.

There has been a rise in legal import of gold too during the past two years owing to growing domestic demands. During 2014-15, 1,332 metric tonnes (13.32 lakh kgs) of gold was imported in the country. The value of the import was Rs 2.67 lakh crore, the official said.

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