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Railway bribery: Pawan Bansal summoned for questioning today


Arunoday Mukharji,CNN-IBN
Jun 04, 2013 at 04:54pm IST

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has summoned former railways minister Pawan Bansal for questioning on Tuesday into the Railway bribery scam. Sources say Pawan Bansal must have been aware of favours given by his nephew Vijay Singla.

Sources say the Railway board member-level postings can be cleared only by the Railways Minister. CBI sources also said the interrogation of Railway GM Mahesh Kumar revealed that Bansal and one of his aides played a key role in transfers.

Sources added that there were two direct meetings between Bansal and Mahesh Kumar at his residence. CBI sources said questioning Singla and his associates had led the agency to understand "the role of authority which was supposed to change Kumar's discipline from Member (staff) to Member (Electrical) and allow him to continue with additional charge of GM (West)". Lateral shifting of the Board members is done in the same manner as the appointment of a new member, which is finalised after vigilance clearance and the nod of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

There are some telephonic intercepts which may come up during the questioning of Bansal, the sources said. Over 1,000 phone calls were intercepted during the two-month surveillance on Mahesh Kumar and Singla. CBI has so far arrested nine persons in the case.

Pawan Bansal had resigned as the Railways Minister in May following his family members' alleged links with the Railway bribery scam. Bansal has been maintaining that he had done no wrong in the appointment of Kumar as Member of the Railway Board, a post equivalent to the Secretary in Government.

(With additional information from PTI)

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