|Source: Tamil Nadu Police|
Kapoor is currently under arrest in India, charged with idol trafficking. He is an American citizen who owns Art of the Past gallery and Nimbus Import Export on Madison Avenue in New York. Click here and here for further details.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports that Homeland Security Investigations' (HSI) involvement in the case began in February 2007 after having been contacted by the government of India. The agency says, "The Indian Consulate advised HSI that an import and export company was expecting the arrival of a shipment containing seven crates manifested as 'Marble Garden Table Sets.' The consulate believed these crates contained stolen Indian antiquities. This merchandize (sic) was allegedly imported by Kapoor."
The bill of lading reveals that the shipment weighed 1400 kg (3086 lb.) and occupied seven containers. The merchandise is actually described in the bill of lading as a "Garden Table Set" as opposed to "Sets." The shipper is listed as Palae Knit Exports in Ludhianda, India. The shipment left Jawaharlal Nehru, India on the Singapore flagged ship, APL Alexandrite, before arriving at the port of New York on February 10, 2007. The receiver of the goods is listed as Nimbus Import Export, Inc. with an address in West Nyack, NY. (It is important to note that neither the shipper nor the shipping company are implicated in any wrongdoing.)
A few interesting highlights about this shipment, which may have alerted customs agents at the border, are that:
- it was the weight of a subcompact car and not a garden table set;
- the exporter was a garments and textiles supplier and not an outdoor furniture or stone supplier;
- Nimbus Import Export, Inc. is Kapoor's import company, and he owns an antiquities shop rather than a garden furniture company; and
- the shipping address of the company is not the same as the one listed in official New York State records. (As reported on July 18 on this blog, Nimbus Import Export's officially listed address is in Manhattan, at the same place as Kapoor's Art of the Past gallery, and not in West Nyack, NY.)
- Handicraft Items (brass Ganesh, Brass Krishna, Brass Deve, Brass Nandhi) - U.S. arrival: 2/28/06
- Indian Hand Made Artistic Handicraft Articles - U.S. arrival: 6/10/06
- Indian Hand Made Artistic Handictaft Artickes (brass Ganesh,brass Deepalakshmi,brass Murugan) - U.S. arrival: 8/5/06
- India Hand Made Artistic Handicraft Articles - U.S. arrival: 9/13/06
- Indian Artistic Handicraft - U.S. arrival: 12/27/06
- a 1600 pound Buddha head
- a life sized stone figure weighing 500 pounds
- three Chola period bronze sculptures, depicting Uma Parvati, Sivagami Amman, and Murugan
- A sandstone statue depicting Kubera, chief of the Yakshas, from the Indian Gupta period;
- a grey schist statue depicting Herkules-Vajrapani from the Kandahran Kushan period; and
- a sculpture depicting Shakyamuni Buddham from the Indian Chola period.
|Art of the Past gallery in New York posts "Closed for Inventory,"|
one day after ICE raided Subhash Kapoor's storage units.