CBI suspect insider hand in illegal rail ticket booking racket
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Western Railway’s vigilance department to investigate how the unauthorised railway agents got hold of huge number of confirmed tickets, depriving those who stood in queues for hours.
The CBI, along with the vigilance department of Western Railway, had on Thursday conducted raids on three unauthorised railway reservation agencies in Andheri and Malad and seized 358 confirmed and cancelled tickets.
The seized tickets were worth close to Rs 5 lakh.
The CBI had also arrested seven agents and their employees, who were later handed over to Railway Protection Force (RPF).
A senior CBI official said the vigilance department has been asked to find out if any reservation clerk, railway official or RPF personnel was involved in the racket.
“We suspect that the racket was running in connivance with some railway staff,” the official said.
The CBI suspect the role of railway staff as the agents easily managed to place their people in reservation queues ahead of those who stood there for hours.
“This could be possible only when they get support from RPF,” the official said.
Because of this, the agents’ people got confirmed tickets while the others got waiting list.
The CBI suspect the role of railway reservation clerks and officials as the agents booked tickets in non-existing people’s names and sold the same to gullible passengers for extra charges.
“This is not possible without help from railway insiders,” the official said.
Once the vigilance department confirms role of railway or RPF staff it would submit the report to CBI, which would take action against them.
The CBI had raided Sagar Travels in Andheri, Sri Krishna Travels and Tours, and Maharaja Travels, both in Malad.
The agents used to charge Rs 100 extra for regular reservation tickets while for those booked under tatkal scheme were charged Rs 300 extra per ticket.