Doctors in New Delhi say the businessman asked them to surgically remove a bottle cap he had accidentally swallowed. But x-rays revealed he had 12 gold bars in his stomach.
Surgeons removed the objects and custom officials confiscated them. The businessman swallowed the gold because he didn't want to pay taxes for importing them.
India is one of the world's biggest consumers of gold. The country's government imposes an expensive import tax on gold to control demand.