New Delhi: The CBI on Sunday arrested two Indian Railways officers, Sandeep Silas and MS Chalia, who were under probe for alleged involvement in the Rail Neer racket.
According to a CBI release, Sandeep Silas is a 1984-batch Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.
MS Chalia, the second officer, also came under the scanner of the CBI for the alleged involvement of his son’s company in the scam.
The CBI suspected that the private catering companies could have paid illegal remittances to the officer through the company run by his son for favors shown to them for supplying inferior quality of packaged drinking water on premium trains instead of the mandatory ‘Rail Neer’.
On Friday, CBI registered a case against Chalia, Silas and seven private companies, RK Associates Pvt Ltd, Satyam Caterers Pvt Ltd, Ambuj Hotel and Real Estate, PK Associates Pvt Ltd, Sunsine Pvt Ltd, Brandavan Food Product and Food World, under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Chennai, October 15, 2016: A local court here has convicted Ramar Pillai, who came into the limelight for developing an “herbal fuel” and four others of cheating and sentenced them to three years rigorous imprisonment for cheating, the CBI said on Friday.
The court also slapped a fine of Rs 6,000 each on all.
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According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Pillai had, in 1999 and 2000, colluded with other persons to illegally mix petroleum products like toluene, naphtha and others and market the product as ‘Ramar Petrol’ or “Ramar Tamildevi Mooligai Eriporul”, claiming that it was an herbal extract that could be used in automobiles as a fuel.
The CBI said the “herbal fuel” was only a mixture of petroleum products which was prohibited and Pillai misrepresented the fact and sold it through various sales outlets.
New Delhi: A heavy contingent of mediamen remained deployed outside the Air Force Station in Palam since Thursday evening as if to welcome somebody who would usher in a paradigm change in India.
The overnight wait ended when India’s most wanted don Chhota Rajan landed at the airport. And the news pandemonium began.
With media houses who claim to be “your channel”, “aap ki awaz”, “people’s voice” reiterating what Chhota Rajan eats and where he goes, it may be time to question their media ethics.
Is it newsworthy to focus on his diet when countless Indians go hungry? Or is Chhota Rajan the primary security concern of the nation now?
At 2 PM on Friday, media channels reported, “Rajan is healthy”. Is it justified to spend crores of money to air Chota Rajan’s health status?
However, all media channels failed to establish whether Rajan was arrested or he surrendered. An exclusive video coverage had Rajan and other press cameramen in the same frame.
The media channels also raked up controversies such as the Mumbai Police being “irked” as the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Strangely, even the Sheena Bora case was dragged in while airing the Chhota Rajan case. The modus operandi of catering news shows that the media houses lack actionable content and do anything for catching the eyeballs.
The reckless reporting by media houses has pointed to a probable India-Pak war. Channels opined that India would use Chhota Rajan as an “asset” to catch Dawood Ibrahim who is backed by Pakistan’s ISI. Can the channels afford to touch on such sensitive issues?
The media hype escalated to such heights that it eclipsed the exit-poll on the Bihar election. Even the PM’s address did not create much of a flutter.
Instead of focusing on the success of the intelligence agencies, the channels kept on parroting what Rajan did in his childhood and aired documentaries on his meteoric rise.
This testifies to the fact that media channels are gradually losing their focus of catering news and making content to appease people. Instead of educating or informing the news-hungry masses, media houses keep on sensationalizing the news.
However, the channels failed to laud the heroics of the team that made the operation successful. Instead, they kept making Rajan a hero and glorifying his journey.
New Delhi: Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer Sandeep Silas was granted bail by a Delhi court on Tuesday. He was arrested along with two others in connection with alleged corruption in supply of packaged drinking water in Rajdhani and other superfast trains.
Special Judge Vinod Kumar granted the relief to Silas on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount considering that his statement, where he explained his alleged role in the case, has already been recorded by CBI in detail.
“I have considered the submissions and I have also perused the case diaries and police record. The statement of accused Sandeep Silas has been recorded by investigating officer (IO) in detail in which he has given explanation in respect of his role in the present matter,” the judge said.
“Without expressing any opinion on the merit of his explanation, I think that it would not be appropriate to withhold the benefit of bail to the applicant especially when he fully cooperated with IO in his five days police remand,” the judge added.
Co-accused M S Chalia, also an IRTS officer of 1987 batch, was earlier granted bail by the court. However, R K Associates owner Sharan Bihari Aggarwal’s bail plea was dismissed.
CBI has alleged that Silas and Chalia had conspired with Aggrawal and instead of taking Rail Neer, they had allowed some private firms to supply bottled water in the trains, which resulted in a loss of Rs 6.25 crores to Railways.
Approximately Rs 28 crore cash was recovered, including Rs four lakh in counterfeit when searches were conducted during the probe.
Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the CBI has also registered cases against seven private companies –RK Associates Pvt Ltd, Satyam Caterers Pvt Ltd, Ambuj Hotel and Real Estate, PK Associates Pvt Ltd, Sunsine Pvt Ltd, Brandavan Food Product and Food World -—
Though it is mandatory to supply ‘Rail Neer’ in premium trains such as Rajdhani and Shatabdi, the two accused officials, who held the position of Chief Commercial Manager, had shown favour to these private firms in supply of cheap packaged drinking water, alleged the CBI.
It has said that the Railway Board had prescribed that IRCTC shall provide Rail Neer at the rate of around Rs 10.50 per bottle to private caterers and they would be paid (approx) Rs 15 per bottle for supplying the same to the passengers in the premium trains.
However, the private suppliers were allegedly supplying cheap packaged water priced at Rs 5.70 to Rs 7 per bottle in the market, to make a profit for themselves.