New Delhi : The CBI on Tuesday filed in a special court here a chargesheet in the Rs 10 crore cash-for-post Railway bribery scandal.
Ten accused, including then Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla, have been named in the chargesheet but Bansal himself does not figure in it.
Bansal was forced to resign after it was revealed that his nephew had struck a deal in his official residence in Delhi with Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, who wanted to secure a plum post. According to the CBI, the deal had been set for Rs 10 crores and the Rs 90 lakhs that Bansal’s nephew was caught with was the first installment.
Incidentally, Bansal had met the bribe giver, Mahesh Kumar, in Mumbai in April and promised to appoint him to the Railway Board, said a CBI Officer. The first installment of the bribe was paid in May.
Bansal was questioned at length by the CBI during the course of the investigation but was not named in the chargesheet, as the agency could not find any evidence of his direct involvement. The former minister had also denied that he was aware of the cash-for-job conspiracy.
“We may file a supplementary charge-sheet if Bansal’s role is established in the questioning,” an official said, pointing out that the sword of suspicion still hangs over the former minister.
Bansal had been appointed with fanfare last year and has the distinction of being the first railway minister from the Congress party since 1996 and the first to raise passenger fares in nine years.
The two courier boys, who delivered the bribe amount, have
not been named in the charge sheet either.
The case relates to Kumar who wanted to be elevated as Member (Electrical) in Railway Board for which he had allegedly contacted Sandeep Goyal, a close associate of Singla. As member (electrical), Kumar would have sanctioned electrical contracts worth crores.
Goyal had allegedly demanded Rs 10 crore for facilitating the promotion. The CBI had intercepted phone calls of both Mahesh Kumar and Bansal’s nephew and blew the lid of the scam.