New Delhi, Oct 16 (IBNS): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a case against two then Chief Commercial Managers (Catering), Northern Railways and seven private firms based at Delhi on the allegations that the accused had shown favour to these private firms in supply of cheap packaged drinking water (PDW) other than mandatory â€œRail Neerâ€ in premium trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express.
"It was further alleged that the Railway Board had prescribed that IRCTC shall provide Rail Neer at a rate of Rs.10.50/- (approx.) per bottle to the private caterers and the private caterers will be paid Rs.15/- (approx) per bottle for supplying the same to the passengers in premium trains but the private caterers in order to obtain undue gain, were supplying cheap PDW brands other than “Rail Neer” which were available in the market at a rate of Rs.5.70/- to 7.00/-(approx) per bottle, thereby causing gain to themselves and loss to the exchequer," a CBI statement said.
The accused public servants allegedly did not take any action against the private parties providing catering services in the premium trains despite repeated requests of IRCTC for non-picking of allotted quota of “Rail Neer” by Private Caterers and directions of Railway Board to ensure supply of “Rail Neer” PDW in premium trains, thereby causing undue pecuniary advantage to the private parties and corresponding loss to IRCTC, CBI said.
Searches are being conducted on Friday at 13 places in Delhi and Noida which led to recovery of cash amount of more than Rs.20 crore(approx) and a large number of incriminating documents.
The CBI is continuing further investigation and further seizure.