Friday, July 12, 2013

Railway bribery scam: Court to decide on bail pleas of 6 accused

CNN-IBN | Posted on Jul 12, 2013



New Delhi: A Delhi court will on Friday pronounce its order on the bail pleas of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and five others in the Railway bribery scam. Bansal was recently made a prosecution witness in the case, virtually getting a clean chit in the bribery case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had on July 2 filed a chargesheet against 10 accused for criminal conspiracy and under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Senior Railway official Mahesh Kumar, aides of another accused Manjunath -- Murali and Venugopal were also named in the chargesheet.
Bansal had to quit from the post of Railway Minister when his nephew was arrested for allegedly receiving bribe money from conduit of Railway Board Member (Staff) Kumar on May 3. Singla and Kumar were booked as main conspirators in the bribery case.

Railway bribery scam: Court to decide on bail pleas of 6 accusedEx-Railway minister was made a prosecution witness in the case, virtually getting a clean chit in the bribery case.
The case relates to alleged aspirations of Kumar for his elevation as Member (Electrical) in Railway Board for which he had allegedly contacted Sandeep Goyal, a close associate of Singla. Goyal had allegedly demanded Rs 10 crore for it.
Kumar was promoted from General Manager (West) to Member (Staff) in Railway Board, a post which he was apparently not very interested in. He had then allegedly asked Goyal to help him retain the additional charge of General Manager (West) for which the middleman demanded Rs 2 crore as immediate payment.
The CBI had alleged that a part payment of Rs 90 lakh was delivered to Singla after which it carried out searches at their premises and recovered the bribe amount.
(With Additional Inputs from PTI)

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