CBI set to file first FIR in multi-crore Railways freight scam

New Delhi: The CBI is set to file its first FIR in connection with the multi-crore Railways freight weighment scam it had unearthed last month.

According to sources, the FIR would be filed against some private vendors involved in the weighment process, Railway officials, as well as two cement firms that are suspected to be beneficiaries due to the scam.

The CBI, along with the Railways Vigilance department, had unearthed a “highly sophisticated” railway freight scam in which the software that automatically weighs goods on wagons passing over weigh-bridges was manipulated, causing “huge financial loss” to the government.

The scam is alleged to have been perpetrated through collusion of Railway officials, private vendors and freight operators.

The CBI had received inputs that the weighing system at several places had been manipulated in such a way that over-loading of a wagon was concealed and the weight shown to be within the permissible limit. The CBI then conducted checks at 65 Electronic In-Motion Weigh Bridges (EIMWBs) across the country in which systematic under-weighment at many locations, leading to the EIMWB recording a lower than actual weight, was found. At some of locations, the quantum of under-weighment increased with an increase in speed of the rake.