Taking a leaf from Hindi film potboilers, officers of the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) laid an elaborate trap to catch an errant Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Andheri station on Thursday.
Like in the movies, a CBI team first reached Vapi in Gujarat on Wednesday night. Posing as commuters they boarded the Flying Rani at Vapi the next morning and kept a close watch on Johnson Mibriyan, TTE posted in Andheri, and caught him while accepting Rs 6,000 from a courier firm employee.
A senior CBI official, on condition of anonymity, claimed that every month Vapi resident Mibriyan used to allegedly collect Rs 6,000 from courier and cargo firm employees travelling on the Flying Rani, threatening to book them for carrying luggage excess in weight than the permissible limit.
About 10 days ago, a courier firm employee, whose name was withheld by the CBI,
complained about harassment by Mibriyan. He, however, refused to become an official complainant saying that he would be harassed even more as he regularly travels on the Mumbai-Surat route.
On Wednesday, when Mibriyan again caught the same courier firm employee and allegedly asked him to pay last month’s Rs 6,000 that was pending, the latter sought for some time.
He then called the CBI, who directed him to promise Mibriyan that he would pay the money on Thursday at Andheri station. Mibriyan will be produced before a special CBI court on Friday.