New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has 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.
Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday resigned over the bribery scandal involving his nephew, who received payments from a Railway Board officer in return for a promotion. Vijay Singla, Bansal's nephew, was caught in Chandigarh with the bribe money of Rs 90 lakh and arrested by the CBI.
Canara Bank had then given loans worth crores to the company owned by the Bansal family. The same bank had also granted loans worth Rs 25 crore to a company run by Vijay Singla, who is now in CBI custody.
Reports also said that the company run by Bansals' sons gave an unsecured loan to the minister and this contradicts his claim that he had no links with his family businesses.