CBI arrests own officer in train ticket racket


The CBI arrested one of its own assistant programmers on Wednesday for allegedly carrying a Tatkal IRCTC ticket racket with travel agents.

According to the CBI, Ajay Garg had allegedly developed software that could simultaneously reserve more than a thousand tickets through a portal.

A statement from the IWC read: “The aforementioned public servant had previously worked at Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) for the period from 2007 to 2011. It was further alleged that the defendant had developed illicit software to mislead the system. reservation of Tatkal tickets by the IRCTC and conspired with a private person by which they delivered themselves to the distribution of said software to private persons for their unauthorized use by considerable consideration “.

The statement added: “It was also alleged that the defendant was collecting money for the use of such software by certain booking agents and had accumulated an enormous wealth of these activities.” It was also revealed that the defendants allegedly received money from the dealers for the use of said software through Bitcoins and the hawala network “.

Garg was arrested by the agency in Delhi based on “source information”. His associate, Anil Gupta, was arrested in Jaunpur.

The agency searched 14 locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Jaunpur in the residences and offices of the defendants and several travel agents.

According to a CBI official, while working at IRCTC, Garg “identified loopholes in the railroad service provider’s ticketing software.” In 2012, after deleting his UPSC exams, he joined the CBI and developed the software. year “.

“This case is in line with the CBI director’s policy of having a robust internal mechanism to guarantee probity and zero tolerance towards corruption,” said CBI spokesman Abhishek Dayal.

The Ministry of Railways stated that it had received information about the illegal reservation of Tatkal tickets and that Garg had been identified after a “quick investigation”.

“The honorable Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal has now ordered to continue this momentum and identify similar cases that are causing inconvenience to genuine passengers,” said a ministry statement.

The sources said that Garg had even set up a back-end infrastructure for the users of the software and had given user IDs and passwords to several travel agencies to help them book hundreds of tatkal tickets at once.

The software would automatically record the number of tickets taken by each agent and Garg would raise money per ticket from the agents.

Gupta was Garg’s intermediary who circulated the software among the agents and collected the payments, the sources said.

The case has been registered in sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, computer crimes for unauthorized access and damage to the computer / computer system, carrying out activities of obtaining and paying railway tickets and criminal conduct without authorization.

During its searches, the CBI found Rs 89.42 lakh in cash, gold jewelry worth Rs 61.29 lakh, including two gold bars of 1 kg each, 15 laptops, 15 hard drives, 52 mobile phones, 24 SIM cards, six routers, four dongles, 19 pen drives and other incriminating materials from Garg’s facilities and 10 travel agents: seven in Jaunpur and three in Mumbai.