Monday, January 8, 2018

Stolen idols in the US must be brought back

By R. Sivaraman

Art enthusiasts analyzing the Subhash Kapoor case say that over 30 stunning bronze and stone sculptures are in the U.S. since 2012. Temple authorities, Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowment officials and experts should identify them and bring them back home, they demand. In 2012, international antique dealer Subash Kapoor was extradited from Germany and arrested by the Crime Branch CID, Idol Wing, for stealing idols from temples of Tamil Nadu and smuggling them to various countries, including his art gallery in the U.S. In April 13, 2015, New York District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance filed charges against Kapoor and his Art of the Past Gallery. The statement by New York District Attorney disclosed the startling revelations that raids on various storage facilities of the now-defunct gallery conducted from January 2012 yielded 2,622 artifacts valued at $107.6 million. [More]