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May 09, 2013 at 01:46pm IST

Railway bribery: CBI seeks clarifications from Bansal's secretary

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday sought clarifications from Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's personal secretary Rahul Bhandari in the Railway bribery case. The investigative agency sought clarification on the basis of some phone conversations tapped by the CBI.

Sources said that this cannot be technically called 'questioning' yet but just clarifications. The CBI may seek more details from Bhandari at a later stage.

The CBI is still analysing over 1,000 tapped phone conversations intercepted by it during the period of over two months as part of its surveillance on now suspended Railway Board Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar and Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla, they said.

Meanwhile, the custody of five accused ends on Thursday. Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla, middleman Manjunath, Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar and Singla's partner Ajay Garg will be produced in a Delhi court later in the day.

The complicity of the officials in the Rs 10 crore bribery scandal will be decided after sustained interrogation of the arrested accused which include Singla and Kumar, the sources claimed. Kumar, Singla and some other accused were giving conflicting replies and evasive in responses during their questioning, they said.

The probe agency might explore options such as polygraph tests to bring out truth from them, they said. Meanwhile, at least two associates of Singla and Kumar have come in handy for the probe agency in its investigation into the bribery scandal where Rs 90 lakh was allegedly paid by Kumar to Singla through middlemen.

The sources said the money was allegedly a part payment of the Rs 10 crore promised for lateral shifting of Kumar from Member (Staff) to Member (Electrical), which is considered a coveted position in the Railway Board.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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