RTA scam: Transport inspector among 8 named in chargesheet

  • | Friday | 24th November, 2023

GURGAON: Police have filed a chargesheet against eight people in the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) scam case. Those named in the chargesheet include a transport inspector and a lawyer, apart from six agents who allegedly collected money on behalf of RTA officials for clearing files. The veil was lifted off the racket worth crores by the CMs flying squad in September, which found that a well-oiled system to collect money and clear files was in place at the RTA for several years.According to police, the roles of a few more RTA officials, including inspectors, sub-inspectors and clerks, are under investigation and efforts are being made to arrest them. These officials havent reported to work and are missing since the racket was exposed.We have arrested eight people so far in the case – transport inspector Kishori, lawyer Amit Jangra, and six agents. Investigations against them have been completed and chargesheet was filed against them on Thursday. A supplementary chargesheet will be filed if more arrests are made, a senior police officer said.On November 18, a city court granted bail to Gaurav, who allegedly collected money from agents and brokers on behalf of RTA officials. Gaurav allegedly used to collect money on behalf of Kishori. According to cops, for renewal of registration certificate (RC) by Kishori, Gaurav used to collect Rs 1,500 for local vehicles and Rs 2,900 for vehicles outside Gurgaon from brokers. Kishori used to pay Gaurav Rs 3,000 per week.The investigation has found that between August 28 and September 11, Gaurav collected Rs 7 lakh and handed it over to Kishori, and was yet to collect another Rs 36.6 lakh from brokers.Ashish, another collection agent arrested for his involvement in the scam, in his statement to police mentioned that he had given Rs 91,250 to Gaurav as bribes in 12 days. Ashish used to work for transport inspector Sandeep Prasad from 2022 to March 2023. After that, he worked for another TI, Rakesh, apart from other RTA officials.According to the police investigation, another accused, Shubham, used to arrange transit permits. This work was done through agent Dimpy and Neeraj, a transport sub-inspector. Apart from this, another accused, Suresh Kumar, was getting permits made through Neeraj and Dimpy.The racket, in which agents, or touts, had systematically paid off officers to clear their files, is believed to have been running for almost a decade and involved bribes of up to Rs 5-6 crore every month. The nexus continued to remain functional despite transfers of officials, the investigation revealed. The transport department had suspended nine Gurgaon RTA officials, including seven transport inspectors and two transport sub-inspectors, after the racket came to light.The probe has revealed that the files submitted by the agents would bear a code for each one, so that the officers clearing them knew how much to bill them. The officers engaged an agent to collect money from the touts. Names of more than 60 agents and officials of the RTO have cropped up in the investigation. One officer of inspector rank allegedly collected Rs 60 lakh in a span of just 10 days.All these people will have to join the investigation at some point. We have recovered around 500 files from the arrested and all the people who submitted the files will be made witnesses, said a police officer, adding that they are carrying a detailed investigation.

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