Idol talk? Kapoor loot was huge, sold across the world

18 Mar 2014 7:46 AM | Anonymous

Idol talk? Kapoor loot was huge, sold across world

CHENNAI: Subhash Kapoor, the New York-based art dealer, is being tried in Jeyamkondan for smuggling 18 idols from Varadharaja Perumal temple in Suthamalli, Ariyalur. But the conviction of Aaron Freedman, the manager of Kapoor's gallery in New York, late last year has shown that the case against Kapoor needs to be widened since it involves an international racket that dealt with hundreds of stolen antiquities from India.

While the exporting of any artefact that's over hundred years old is banned by Indian laws, Kapoor had acted with impunity in the international circuit, fabricating provenance certificates undefined documents establishing previous owners - and selling sacred idols and antiques to art collectors and museums across the world. In their 2012 raid on Kapoor's gallery and warehouses, US Homeland Security agents seized nearly 150 idols. 
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