CBI arrests its own official, an aide for developing software to dupe IRCTC’s tatkal ticket system

The CBI has arrested an assistant programmer who works with the voting agency and another person to develop and sell software to book train tickets “cheating the Tatkal ticket reservation system,” an official said on Wednesday.

Ajay Garg, 35, was arrested in New Delhi on Tuesday night when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) obtained information about his employee, who indulged in the uproar with the help of Anil Kumar Gupta. Garg was presented Wednesday before a special court in Saket, which sent him to five days of custody of the CBI.

Gupta was arrested from his residence in Jaunpur on Tuesday night and must be taken to Delhi in pre-trial transit, said IWC spokesman Abhishek Dayal.

During the overnight operation, the IWC made inroads at 14 locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, which led to the recovery of 89.42 lakh in cash, gold jewelry worth 61.29 lakh, including two gold ingots of one kilo each. 15 laptops, 15 hard drives, 52 mobile phones, 24 SIM cards, 10 laptops, six routers, four dongles and 19 writing devices, along with some incriminating materials from the facilities of the defendants and others.

“It was alleged that Garg had developed an illicit software to cheat the Tatkal ticket reservation system administered by the IRCTC and conspired with a private person, Anil Kumar Gupta, and they had the luxury of distributing the software to private persons for lack of use, with considerable consideration, “said the CBI official.

The official said that “the use of such software is illegal in accordance with the rules and regulations of the IRCTC and also under the Railways Act.”

“It was also alleged that Garg was raising money for the use of such software by certain booking agents and had accumulated a huge amount of these activities.” The case is in line with the policy of the IWC director, Alok Kumar Verma, to have a robust internal mechanism to guarantee probity and have zero tolerance for corruption, “said Dayal.

The official, however, clarified that there was no loss to the IRCTC for the racket, but otherwise it was a loss to the public who could not get tickets while trying to book online.

The official said that up to 10 agents, seven from Jaunpur and three from Mumbai, have also been identified.

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