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    Bribery case: CBI gives clean chit to Bansal


    by timesnowonline

    CBI today filed charge sheet in the alleged Rs 10 crore cash-for-post Railway bribery scandal before special court in New Delhi naming former Railway Minister P K Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and suspended Board member Mahesh Kumar among 10 accused.

    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.

    The two courier boys who delivered the bribe amount have not been named in the charge sheet. However, names of P V Murali and Venugopal have been added.

    Bansal, who lost his job after the scam surfaced, was questioned at length by CBI during the course of the investigation but was not named in the charge sheet as the agency could not find any evidence of his direct involvement as of now.

    The sources said if they get evidence against him, they may file a supplementary charge sheet.

    Barring Murali and Venugopal, CBI has arrested all the remaining eight accused named in the charge sheet. Filing of the charge sheet by CBI today has dimmed the hope of arrested accused to be released soon on bail.

    The sources said in cases of corruption, agency had to file its charge sheet within 60 days of arrest else the accused are released on bail. The limit was expiring today as the agency registered the case on May 3 and the next day in a surprise search operation had arrested Kumar, Singla and other middlemen.

    The court is likely to take cognisance of the charge sheet tomorrow.

    CBI sources said they have been able to corroborate all the allegations levelled in the FIR registered by them and got enough evidence which points to the involvement of Kumar, Singla and other accused in the case.