CBI names Pawan Bansal as witness in bribe case involving nephew

New Delhi: Former Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, whose nephew Vijay Singla and nine others have been chargesheeted by the CBI in the Rs 10 crore cash-for-post railway bribery case, has been named as a prosecution witness.

The agency filed a list of 90 prosecution witnesses along with the charge sheet in a special CBI court in New Delhi and Bansal has been named as the 39th witness.

 CBI names Pawan Bansal as witness in bribe case involving nephew

Former Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Image courtesy PIB

Singla along with Railway Board Member Mahesh Kumar, MD of Bangalore-based G G Tronics India Private Limited Narayana Rao Manjunath, middlemen Ajay Garg and Sandeep Goyal, Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, CV Venugopal and M V Murali Krishan, have been named in the charge sheeted by the agency.

Barring Murali and Venugopal, CBI arrested eight accused and all those named in the charge sheet for the offence of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Besides Bansal, the agency has also named ex-Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal, who retired from his post on 1 July 1 this year, as a prosecution witness.

Railway Board's Joint Secretary (confidential), P Rajeshkaran, and Joint Director Vigilance (Int), R Vijayan Nair, have also been named as witnesses by the CBI.

Besides them, several officials from various banks have been named as witnesses.

Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma today took cognisance of the CBI charge sheet and posted the matter for further proceedings on 11 July.

The court also summoned Murali and Venugopal, who have not been arrested in the case, for 11 July.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 05, 2013 09:13:09 IST