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Bansal defends his decision to resign, says he has done nothing wrong

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May 12, 2013 at 10:47am IST

New Delhi: Two days after he was forced to put in his papers, Pawan Kumar Bansal has defended his decision. The MP from Chandigarh whose nephew was caught accepting bribe for facilitating railway jobs, insists that he has done no wrong.

Bansal welcomed a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Railways 'cash-for-jobs' scam and said that truth will emerge. Bansal on Sunday said, "I welcome the CBI probe. I gave a statement right after the incident that I have nothing to do with this. Also, that I have no business relationship with my nephew. The truth will come out."

Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla was arrested last Friday for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh as bribe for helping in the promotion of a Railway Board Member Mahesh Kumar. In his resignation letter, Bansal had maintained that he was not aware that Singla was in contact with Kumar but he still thought it proper to step down.

Meanwhile, the CBI secured key leads linking Railway Protection Force (RPF) to Recruitment Scam to Railway cash-for jobs scam, said sources. CBI sources added that RPF officials played key role in dubious recruitment deals. Leads suggest that RPF association was used to carry out deals and a hawala route was used for cash dealings. The Home Ministry had recommended banning of RPF Association but the Railway Ministry turned it down, revealed sources.

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