Railgate: CBI probing Bansal family

Last Updated: Tue, May 07, 2013 07:42 hrs

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is creating ruckus in the Parliament demanding the resignation of the Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing into the family connections of Bansal with graft, said reports.

Presenting his defence, Bansal Saturday told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi that he had not been in touch with his nephew who was arrested by the CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a member of the Railway Board.

However, CNN-IBN citing sources reported that the CBI has procured data from Bansal´s office and residence to zero in on how many times his nephew Vijay Singla or railway supplier Sandeep Goyal visited him.

The CBI is also probing to verify whether Singla acted on his own or was using Bansal´s name as a shield as there is evidence that he was in touch with the top brass of the Railway Ministry.

The channel also reported that CBI is checking whether other members of Bansal´s family have any roles in the recent postings and transfers in the Railway Protection Force.

"CBI sources say they are now probing a major jobs for sale nexus between RPF officers association and middlemen, adding that the recent transfers, postings and promotions in RPF are not on merit," CNN-IBN reported.

While the Opposition clamoured for action, Congress as of now has stood by Bansal.

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