CBI files charge sheet in Railway bribery scandal

New Delhi: Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was on Tuesday given a clean chit by the CBI in the Rs 10 crore cash-for-post Railway bribery scandal in which the agency filed charge sheet against his nephew Vijay Singla and suspended Board Member Mahesh Kumar along with eight others for graft and other charges.
 
CBI sources said they have concluded this case and did not find "prosecutable evidence" against Bansal who had to resign as Railway Minister after alleged involvement of his nephew had surfaced in the bribery scandal.
 
The agency had also grilled Bansal for nearly six hours in connection with the case.
 
No more charge sheet would be filed in this case in which Singla was arrested for allegedly taking Rs 89.68 lakh as part payment of Rs 10 crore promised bribe from Kumar, the agency said.
 
The special CBI court is likely to take cognisance of the charge sheet tomorrow.
 
The sources, however, added that role of Bansal was still under the scanner in a separate inquiry relating to alleged favours given in promotions and postings in the Ministry during his tenure. Bansal's PA Rahul Bhandari has been named as suspect in the inquiry.
 
In its charge sheet filed before Special CBI Judge Swarna Kanta Mishra here, CBI has alleged that Singla had demanded Rs 10 crore from Kumar, who was recently elevated as Member (Staff) of Railway Board, for shifting him to his choice post of Member (Electrical), the sources said.
 
It was decided that the money would be given in instalments of Rs two crore, Rs three crore after appointment as Member (Electrical) and the rest after six months, CBI has alleged. .