Bribery case: Railway minister offers to resign
Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal may be in soup over the bribery scandal involving his nephew. According to sources, Bansal met the Prime Minister...
Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal may be in soup over the bribery scandal involving his nephew. According to sources, Bansal met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday and offered to resign over the scam. The decision on Bansal will be taken at the Congress core group meet this evening. Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are likely to take a call on Bansal's resignation then. Bansal drove down to the Prime Minister's official residence and was closeted with him for about 20 minutes. A sullen looking Bansal drove away from the Prime Minister's residence without speaking to reporters. Earlier today, Bansal distanced himself from the matter saying he had no business links with his nephew and denied any wrongdoing. The railway minister's nephew was arrested by CBI last night in a case of bribery for allegedly fixing a top level position in Railway Board. "Regarding yesterday's incident involving my sister's son in a CBI raid in Chandigarh, I have to say that I had no knowledge or clue about the matter at all. Though a close relative, he or any other relative of mine does not and cannot meddle in my official functions or influence my decisions," Bansal said in a statement. "I have always followed utmost probity in public life," he added. "I have no business relations with my nephew nor any financial transactions with him," the railway minister said. He also added, "I have always observed highest standards of probity in public life and look forward to an expeditious investigation by CBI in the matter." The BJP has sought the resignation of Manmohan Singh and Pawan Kumar Bansal. "We not only demand that Bansal be sacked, he should be prosecuted by CBI under 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act. If any public servant abuses his position to obtain benefits for himself or any other person, he or she is to prosecuted and convicted," BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said here. The CBI arrested Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and three others in Chandigarh for allegedly taking a bribe from a railway official. A total of six people have been arrested so far, CBI said. Singla, a businessman who is Bansal's sister's son, his friend Sanjay Goyal and two others were being brought to New Delhi and will be produced in court. Singla allegedly took Rs 90 lakh for the promotion of railway official Mahesh Kumar. Kumar, arrested from Mumbai on Friday night, was general manager of Western Railway when he was made a Railway Board member on Thursday.
13 Dec 2019 3:41 PM GMT