Daniel Muthu, 48, enquiry-cum-reservation clerk with the Central Railway was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 100 per passenger, from a travel agent, for issuing current tickets of outstation trains.
According to the CBI, Muthu was tending to counter number 20-A at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), meant for current booking of tickets for outstation trains leaving late in the night or early morning. The counter is open through the night.
A CBI statement said that the agent working with Natraj Travels in Mumbai lodged a complaint with the CBI about Muthu charging Rs 100 per passenger.
The travel agency on the other hand only charged Rs 50 per ticket as commission from their clients.
Following the complaint, CBI officers laid a trap on Thursday evening near the counter where Muthu was posted.
When the travel agent handed him the bribe money along with the ticket amount, the CBI team immediately nabbed Muthu.
The officers found Rs 700 in Muthu’s hand of which Rs 612 was the price of the ticket and the rest (Rs 88) was the bribe he had taken.
On searching Muthu’s person and office counter, the CBI found an amount that was Rs 1,112 more than the amount for the tickets sold that day.
The CBI then raided Muthu’s residential premises in Bhandu where they found details of 22 bank accounts in Thane Cooperative Bank Limited, HDFC, Canara Bank and State Bank of India, Bhandup (west) branch.
The accounts were in the name of Muthu and his family members.
Though the CBI was yet to finish compiling the details to find out the total balance in these accounts, a preliminary inspection showed that the amount in all the accounts is around Rs 15 lakh.
Besides this, the CBI also found details of investments worth Rs 6 lakh in national savings certificates. Cash of Rs 33,000 was also found. The CBI also found some expenditure vouchers, which are being scrutinised.
The CBI suspects the wealth is highly disproportionate to Muthu’s known sources of income.
“We are probing to find out how he got so much of wealth,” a CBI officer said, requesting anonymity.
Muthu was produced before the special CBI court, on Friday, and has been remanded in CBI custody till Tuesday.