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ED attaches assets worth Rs 17.55 Cr in Rail Neer scam

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New Delhi | Thursday, Jun 14 2018 IST
Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached movable properties worth Rs 17.55 crore of RK Associates and Hoteliers Pvt Ltd, Satyam Caterers Pvt Ltd and five others in Rail Neer scam under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), an official statement said here on Thursday.

The investigation agency's move comes after the investigation under PMLA based on the FIR registered by CBI on October 14,2014 under various section of IPC and prevention of corruption act against Railway officers and private caterers and Licensees for allegation of supplying the others brands packaged drinking waters instead of "Rail Neer" brand of IRCTC in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains and thereby causing wrongful losses to the government exchequer. The Investigation conducted by CBI revealed that the said private caterers servicing Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains were mandated to supply the bottles of Rail Neer (produced by IRCTC, a Rail PSU) to all the passengers but they supplied other brands packaged drinking water in connivance with the officers of the Railway Department and caused loss of Rs 19.55 crore to the Government exchequer during the period January 1,2013 to December 31,2014 . CBI later on filed the charge sheet against the above mentioned companies or Licensees and the officers of Railway Department for commission of offence under section 120-B read with 420 of Indian Penal Code, and Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act. During PMLA Investigation it is established that above Licensees laundered the amount received from Railway Department in lieu of supply of the packaged drinking water of other brands, which was proceeds of crime. "The movable properties of the seven licensees and their bank accounts and fixed deposit and have been attached under the provisions of PMLA totaling to Rs 17.55 Crore", the statement said.

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