Thursday, June 11, 2015

Case Filed Against Railway Officials, Private Firm in Weighbridge Scam

Published: 11th June 2015

CHENNAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed yet another case against Southern Railway officials and a private firm with regard to the manipulation of in-motion weighbridge at the Pananmbur yard in Mangalore.
This followed the investigations by the CBI and vigilance department of Indian Railways which unearthed the multi-crore Railway Weigh-bridge scam a few months back.
A CBI release said a wrongful loss of `20.72 crore was caused to the Railways by showing lesser weight of wagons through manipulation of the software at the Pananmbur yard.
As detailed in earlier Express reports, the epi-centre of the scam was the Tiruchirapalli Goods Yard which was sealed in February this year after the CBI filed an FIR. Apart from an engineer of the private firm, Senlogic Automation, which installed and maintained the electronic in-motion weighbridge, the cement major Ramco Cements was also named in the February FIR filed by CBI.
The company’s cement clinkers were weighed at the Tiruchy yard before being sent to their plant in Ariyalur.
According to the FIR, the software of the in-motion weighbridges were tampered to show lesser than actual weight of goods transported through wagons.
According to the CBI, the manipulations at Tiruchy yard had taken place during the period from 2012 to 2014 and 64 rakes of goods trains were overloaded.
Apart from Pananmbur and Trichy, the CBI has also registered cases pertaining to similar frauds at Melivattan in Tuticorin and Salem.
The fraud was allegedly committed by a private transporter company in connivance with the weighbridge equipment installation company at both locations.

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