Rs 20 crores seized from railway suppliers

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015,11:30 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Central Bureau of Investigation has found Rs. 20 crores in cash, seized in raids in one day.
The CBI team recovered the cash during searches at 13 locations against two former Northern Railways officials and seven private companies today in Delhi and Noida.
The CBI sources said a case has been registered against former Chief Commercial Managers of Northern Railways MS Chalia and Sandeep Silas.The nexus of the companies and bureaucrats was allegedly supplying water other than the Indian Railway’s own Rail Neer brand on board trains, CBI officials said.
Mr Silas has also served as the private secretary of two former two Union minister Oscar Fernandes and Ambika Soni.The accused officials had allegedly favoured certain private companies in supplying cheap packaged drinking water other than mandatory Rail Neer brand on trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express.
While the contractors were supposed to purchase Rail Neer bottles from the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC at around Rs. 10.50 and sell them at Rs. 15, they were sourcing cheaper water at as low as Rs. 6 per bottle and pocketing the difference, CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said.