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NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has busted a nexus of companies and Indian Railways officials revealing that fake bottled water was being sold on trains.


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The CBI officials have also seized Indian Rupees 20 crores in cash on the first day of raids at 13 locations against two former Northern Railways officials and seven private companies in Delhi and Noida.

According to Indian media none of the companies is allowed to sell bottled water on trains other than the Indian Railway’s own Rail Neer brand.

Following the raids CBI has also registered cases against former Chief Commercial Managers of Northern Railways MS Chalia and Sandeep Silas.

Mr Silas has also served as the private secretary of two former two Union minister Oscar Fernandes and Ambika Soni.

The accused officials had allegedly favoured certain private companies in supplying cheap packaged drinking water other than mandatory Rail Neer brand on trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express.