The Delhi High Court today refused to direct a lower court to expedite the hearing on a plea by an NGO seeking further probe into the alleged role of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and others in the Rs 10- crore cash-for-post railway bribery case.
Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to Vijay Singla, nephew of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, and three others in the Rs 10 crore railway bribery case.
The six accused were produced before Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma after expiry of their judicial custody and the court extended it till 31 August.
Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma allowed the pleas of accused Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir and Sushil Daga and granted them bail on a personal bond of Rs five lakh with two sureties each of the like amount despite the CBI opposing it.
Telephone conversations show two middlemen talking about Bansal and Kumar in connection with the cash-for-railway-posts scandal.
A Delhi court on Tuesday extended till 6 August the judicial custody of nine accused, including former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla, who have been arrested in connection with the Rs 10 crore railway bribery case.
"The high and mighty should not escape the law.The culture of sifarish (lobbying for recommendations) and right contacts will not do," said CBI special judge Swarna Kanta Sharma.
Nine accused, including Singla and then Member (Staff) of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar, were produced before the court after expiry of their judicial custody and Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma extended it till 24 July.
Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma rejected the plea of the seven accused, who were arrested in May and have been remanded in judicial custody till 19 July.
Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma granted bail to Ajay Garg, an alleged conduit who was instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a favourable post for the then Member (Staff) of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar who is also an accused in the case.
During arguments on the bail pleas of arrested accused Rahul Yadav, Sameer Sandhir and Sushil Daga, their lawyer told the court that the CBI is "implicating" them and they were not involved in the "principal conspiracy" in the case.
The transcripts raise questions about the Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's role in the scam as the key players allegedly met in his official residence and also called on his landline to fix the appointment.
A CBI official said Bansal was not present when suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar and his nephew Vijay Singla met.
The agency filed a list of 90 prosecution witnesses along with the charge sheet in a special CBI court in New Delhi.
The agency filed its charge sheet before the special CBI Judge Swarna Kanta Sharma naming 10 accused which include Kumar, Singla, middlemen Sandeep Goyal, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, Ajay Garg, Rahul Yadav, businessman Manjunath and his two aides-PV Murali and Venugopal.
This may pave way for automatic bail for the 10 accused arrested in the case in the absence of the charge sheet within mandatory period of 60 days from the day of the arrest.
Bhandari has already been quizzed during the probe in Rs 10 crore cash-for-post bribery case, in which Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla has been arrested.
The sources said Bansal was called at 11 am to CBI guest house, located five kilometers from the agency's headquarters, to avoid the media which gathered outside its headquarters.
Daga, who was arrested on Sunday, was produced before the court and the agency sought his remand, saying it needs to confront him with documents and intercepted conversations of the accused.