(News) 4 Indian Railway Officials Created Fake Job Site,
TTEs (travelling ticket examiners) of the South Western Railway have been booked
for duping several job aspirants in a railway recruitment scam.
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of
Investigation (ACB-CBI) has filed an FIR against Srinath, M Raghu, R Pradeep
Kumar (all from Mysuru) and Hanumanthappa from Hubballi, and some unknown
persons. The alleged kingpin Srinath is absconding.
The modus operandi of the gang was simple. They first created
a fake website that went by the name, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB). Gullible
candidates, contacted through agents, were asked to write online tests. They
were asked to pay hefty sums in advance in order to get the jobs. Later the
aspirants underwent medical examination and were called for interviews,
following which they were issued fake appointment letters.
The ACB-CBI, Bengaluru, which busted the racket, said more
railway officials are suspected to be involved in it. The CBI is in the process
of collecting evidence by recording the statements of the victims. The number of
victims and amount of money collected is still unclear.
“The accused allegedly conspired with other unknown officials
and created a fake website in the name of RRB, the biggest recruiting authority
in the Railways, Chennai, and promised employment as ticket collectors, station
masters and assistant station masters,” a senior CBI officer said.
HOW the RACKET WORKED
- Accused create fake recruitment board site, hire agents to contact
- Candidates take online tests, undergo medical examination and get
- Money collected from job aspirants in advance; results declared on
- Fake appointment letters sent to candidates across state but no jobs
According to the FIR registered recently, the modus operandi
of the accused and other officials was to hire some agents on commission basis.
The agents would contact job aspirants, promising them jobs in Railways under
the ministry quota. Applicants were taken to Madurai and Chennai, housed in
lodges and made to take online tests, after which results were declared. The
fraudsters collected money from aspirants in advance, got fake medical tests
conducted on them and conned them into believing that their selection was
The accused prepared false appointment orders in the name of RRB, Chennai, to
many candidates in and around Arsikere, Davanagere and other districts in
Karnataka. The alleged crime was committed in 2014-2015.
All the accused were booked under Sections 120-B, 420, 468 and 471 of IPC and
Sections 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 66
of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Searches were conducted by the CID in January at the residences of the
Srinath (42) a resident of Vijayanagar in Bengaluru, had been
working as Deputy Chief Ticket Inspector in SWR, Mysuru. He is the prime
accused. Though the CBI team visited the houses of Srinath at Shivamogga and
Vijayanagar, he could not be traced. “He has not cooperated with the
investigation and is untraceable,” CBI sources added.
The second accused is M Raghu, Senior Ticket Checker, Mysuru
Division, SWR, residing at Devaraj Urs Layout in Davanagere. The third accused,
R Pradeep Kumar (36), is a resident of Manjunath Nagar, Bengaluru, and worked as
Deputy Chief Travelling Ticket Inspector, Mysuru. He had joined the Railways in
2001 on compassionate grounds following the death of his father.
The fourth accused, Hanumanthappa (39), working as TTE,
Sleeper Depot, Hubballi, is a resident of Vikasa Nagar, Haveri.
CBI police have seized several incriminating material like ID
cards and income certificates of few persons, blank applications of RRB, diary
containing lists of names, amounts written against dates, call letters, mark
cards and ID cards of several persons, bank pass book and three debit cards.
Courtesy: Indian Express
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