New Delhi: CBI does not have any tapped conversation which shows that former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was involved in or had any knowledge of the Rs 10 crore cash for post bribery scandal, which prompted the agency not to make him an accused in the case, sources said here today.
CBI sources said during investigations they could not find out any conversation between the minister's nephew Vijay Singla and the minister which has any mention of suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar's posting.
Singla and Kumar are among the 10 accused in the scandal. Sources said it has also come to light during the investigation that Bansal had no knowledge of the meetings between Singla and Kumar which took place at the official residence of the minister in his absence.
The sources also claimed the probe found that meetings which took place between Bansal and Kumar were all for official purposes and there was no instance of any irregular meeting taking place between the two.
CBI has included Bansal as one of its witnesses in the charge sheet filed in the railway bribery scandal, which had forced the minister to quit. The probe agency has alleged that Singla had demanded Rs 10 crore from Kumar for his appointment to the post of Member (Electrical) and it was decided between the accused that Rs five crore will be paid before the appointment and the rest will be paid after the job was done.
The first tranche of Rs 89.68 lakh was given to Singla, who was apprehended while accepting the money, it said. CBI had filed charge sheet on May 2 against 10 accused- Kumar, Singla, Managing Director of Bangalore based G G Tronics India Pvt Limited Manjunath Narain Rao, middlemen Ajay Garg and Sandeep Goyal, Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, C V Venugopal and M V Murali Krishan.
Barring Murali and Venugopal, CBI has arrested the eight accused named in its charge sheet. CBI sources said during their investigation they found that Kumar was heard saying that Singla was actually bluffing him and does not know about the developments taking place in the ministry.
They said during the probe, it also came to light that Singla was not aware about the notings made in the appointment files of Kumar. The sources said the probe indicates that although Singla
was close to Bansal, he did not have correct information about what was going on in the ministry.
They said Singla was actually using Bansal's name to make money. The sources said, hence, it was decided that in the Rs 10 crore bribery scandal, no case was made out against Bansal and so, he was included as a witness.
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