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Petition seeks CBI probe into railway catering contract

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, SEPT. 12. A public interest litigation seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the grant of Rs. 4.3-crore onboard catering contract for the Thiruvananthapuram-Kurla Nethravathi Express has been filed in the Madras High Court.

According to the petitioner, R.G. Kesavan, who pulled out after bagging the deal for Rs. 4.5 crores earlier, though the contract had now been formalised in the name of one V. Gangadharan, neither such a person nor the Chennai address he had furnished to the Railway authorities existed.

Claiming that only a Kerala-based tailor acted as a name-lender in the matter, the petitioner said the Chennai address — No. 291, Perambur Barracks, Purasaiwalkam, Chennai 7 — was false.

Alleging large-scale irregularities in the award of railway catering contracts in general, the petitioner prayed for a probe into the circumstances under which this contract was finalised, and for ascertaining "the identity, residence, existence and other details of V. Gangadharan."

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