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Cash-for-jobs scam: Railways hand over transfer files to CBI, agency likely to probe officials


Arunoday Mukharji,CNN-IBN
May 13, 2013 at 01:45pm IST

New Delhi: Railways handed over files on transfers within the ministry spanning last four years to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday. The CBI had sought files from the Railways on transfers from tenures of Mamata Banerjee to Pawan Kumar Bansal.

CBI had sought the details to understand how the railway transfers and postings system works. The probe agency is also likely to question some officials from the Railways, sources said.

CBI sources had earlier told CNN-IBN that they are probing Bansal's links to the powerful Railway Protection Force Association. Sources said RPF Association officials played a key role in dubious recruitment deals and that lead suggests that hawala route was used for cash dealings in the recruitment scam.

Vijay Singla, former railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew, was arrested earlier in May for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh as bribe for helping in the promotion of a Railway Board Member Mahesh Kumar. Bansal was forced to resign from the post, but he has maintained he was not aware that Singla was in contact with Kumar but he still thought it proper to step down.

Sources have said the decision to ask Bansal to resign was taken after the CBI got the evidence that suspended Railway Board member Kumar had met Bansal on April 21 and on May 2 after he was made Member (Electrical) in the Railway Board even though he was a Signals Member.

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