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Rail ticket racket: Fake letterheads of 9 former, current MPs used

A fresh probe into the case revealed that the racketeers managed to forge the letterheads of nine MPs including a present union minister.

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Railway ticket “waiting list” confirmation racket is suspected to thrive with patronage of some officials in the railway ministry. (Source: Express File )

The CBI investigating a racket in which railway reservations in “waiting lists” were confirmed through VIP quotas reveals that forged letterheads of nine present or former Members of Parliament including a current union minister were used by the suspects.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI, Pune, had arrested a travel agent from Pune, Sachin Naikawde on Monday in the case. CBI has arrested another suspect, Dinesh Kumar, who is from Samastipur in Bihar and allegedly operated from Delhi. A search of Naikawade’s office led the CBI team to Dinesh Kumar.

The agency, working on a tip-off about one Naikwade who used to promise confirmation of railway reservations through VIP quota by charging Rs 2000 more than ticket fare conducted a raid on his office on April 30, which led the CBI to Kumar. Both the suspects are in police custody.

A fresh probe into the case revealed that the racketeers managed to forge the letterheads of nine MPs including a present union minister.

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CBI also got names of some of the staff of MPs who may have helped in forging the letters. The MPs whose letterheads were forged include Rajnath Singh, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Bijaynath Mahato and S K Singh. A CBI team is probing how the racketeers forged the letterheads.

The CBI said some top officials of the Railway Ministry and some employees of local divisional railway manager’s office could be involved.

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