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Rail Neer scam: CBI to dig deep, to probe company, society of Railway officials

A company and a society, linked to suspended Railway officials facing CBI probe in connection with alleged corruption in supply of packaged drinking water in premium trains, have come under the agency’s scanner which suspects these were used for camouflaging illegal remittances received from private caterers.

CBI sources said Sandeep Silas, a 1984-batch Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer, has been involved in a project of his own, besides, being a very active player in the cultural scene of the national capital.

The project run by Silas, Garland of Peace, has come under the scanner of the agency which will see weather any bribes were paid through it, they said, adding that all funds which came to the project and other cultural activities of Silas would also be probed.

Sources said a company run by the son of M S Chaliam, another Railway officer facing CBI probe in the case, has also come under the probe of the agency.

CBI suspects private catering companies could have paid illegal remittances to the officer through the company run by his son for alleged favours shown to them for supplying inferior quality of packaged drinking water on premium trains.

The sources clarified that both the angles were at the initial stage of probe, which would be investigated in depth to arrive at any logical conclusion.

CBI has registered a case against Chaliam, 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.

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