Kolkata: The Bengal CID claimed that it had on Tuesday seized gold ornaments of 100 bhoris or 1.1 kg from two bank lockers of former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh whose name is linked to an alleged gold racket in West Midnapore.
The twin lockers UCO Bank’s Southern Avenue branch here were opened in presence of Ghosh’s husband M.A.V Raju. He has been named as a joint-custodian of the lockers.
Ghosh claimed in a purported voice clip on Monday that she had inherited all gold ornaments from her family and declared the same before the government when she joined the police service in 1994.
However, sources in the police directorate said the amount of gold she had declared at the beginning of her career was around 25 bhoris less than what was found in the lockers.
Sources in the CID said the impounded gold was in the form of ornaments, some of which are hallmarked. Hallmarking of precious metals like gold and silver is done to certify their purity.
Veterans in the gold industry have said the system of hallmarking is a relatively “new concept” that was “non-existent in the 90s.”
“Hallmark came much later… It was definitely not there in 1994,” said a reputable jewellery storeowner.
According to Ghosh’s declaration of movable and immovable assets before the government dated April 15, 1994, she had 75 bhoris of gold. She had also declared that the ornaments were gifts from her parents, in-laws and relatives.
Bharati has been on the run ever since an arrest warrant was issued against her in the gold racket case.
Before being taken to the bank, he was interrogated for around three hours at the CID headquarters at Bhabani Bhavan here.