Press Release
New Delhi, 16.04.2018

The Central Bureau of Investigation has today filed a chargesheet in the court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi u/s 120-B r/w 420 of IPC, Sec 13(2) r/w 13(1) (d) of the PC Act, 1988 and substantive offences thereof against then Railway Minister; his wife; his son; a Delhi based private company; two Directors of a private Hotel Company; a private person, the then Managing Director, IRCTC, (Now retd.); a Member of Parliament; the then Director, (T&M), IRCTC (Now retd.);the then GGM (Tourism Services), IRCTC; the then JGM & CS, IRCTC; the then GGM (Operation), IRCTC and said private Hotel Company.

CBI had registered a case on 05.07.2017 against eight accused including then Minister of Railways(Government of India) & others on the allegations that then Minister of Railways entered into a conspiracy with the Proprietors/Directors of a private Hotel based at Patna & others, and in pursuant to said conspiracy, he managed undue favour to them, through the certain officers of IRCTC, New Delhi, in the award of leasing of existing Railway Hotels known as BNR Hotels at Ranchi & Puri. It was further alleged that In consideration of this undue favour, a high value prime commercial land at Patna was sold by said Proprietors to a company being run by a close aide of then Railway Minister and later, this company was taken over by family members of then Railway Minister and thus the said high value prime land reached to the hands of his family members at a nominal/unreasonable cost.

Investigation has revealed that the then Railway Minister, knowing about transfer of BNR Hotels at Ranchi and Puri for its management allegedly conspired with the officials of IRCTC; the said promoters of private Hotel and then Directors of other private company based at New Delhi to derive undue pecuniary benefit through his wife and son. The property in question was allegedly bought in the name of said private company based at New Delhi controlled by close aide of then Railway Minister and was held by him for the benefit of said family members. It was also alleged that the IRCTC officials rigged and manipulated tender process of award of re-development/operation of two Railway properties to said private Hotel.

Further investigation in the case is continuing.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.