CBI raids Howrah Express in Chennai, top official questioned

CBI raids Howrah Express in Chennai, top official questioned

A senior official of the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai has landed in controversy after he allegedly used a separate railway saloon for his personal work with the CBI holding an inquiry.

Acting on a tip-off that a huge amount of cash besides gold jewellery was in the coach, the vigilance officials undertook a complete search, lasting several hours, which ultimately yielded nothing.

The officer was attached to the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, as its chief security commissioner.

The search started at 11 pm and went on till 4 am at the Chennai Egmore station. A source said the ‘complainant’ felt that the CSC was transporting something fishy. Parhi returned to the ICF on Wednesday, cancelling his trip to Bhubhaneshwar, sources said.

It was confirmed that the official was transporting only his personal utilities and household articles and there was nothing else in it, the sources said.

The officer, occupying a senior position, was entitled to travel in the saloon which has all amenities onboard including pantry facilities when on official duty. The train left Tiruchirapalli on Tuesday evening at 4 pm and was supposed to halt at Egmore for about half an hour, before continuing its journey to Howrah.