The Bhopal and Habibganj railway stations have come under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), with a surprise check carried out by the agency revealing that the two stations in the state capital were helping convert demonetised ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes between November 9 and December 7.
Three teams of the CBI and the WCR vigilance section conducted surprise checks at Bhopal, Habibganj and Itarsi railway stations on December 8, following specific intelligence information from Delhi. However, no foul play has been found by the investigators at Itarsi.
According to key sources at the Bhopal unit of CBI, a scrutiny of documents seized from the cash division of ticket counters and the parcel booking offices in Bhopal and Habibganj stations has revealed that railway employees posted at the cash section helped outsiders convert defunct currency notes into existing currency worth ₹5lakh and ₹6lakh respectively.
Based on the investigations, the agency on Monday registered a preliminary enquiry against unidentified employees of Western Central Railways at both stations. It will next start grilling 10-12 suspects believed to be key elements in the operation.
Employees who deposited the cash collections in the bank over the 29-day period could be the prime suspects.
If the conspiracy of these suspects is proved in the matter, the CBI would book them in a regular corruption case.
Similar surprise checks are likely at other railway stations in MP over the coming days.
When contacted, Jabalpur-based WCR chief public relations officer Surendra Yadav refused to comment. “With the matter being investigated by the CBI, I cannot comment,” he said.