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Bansal distances himself from nephew, says no hand in wrongdoing

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New Delhi: Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Saturday distanced himself from his nephew V Singla, who was arrested by the CBI in Chandigarh on Friday for accepting Rs. 90 lakh in bribe from a senior railway officer seeking “a lucrative posting”.

Bansal has denied any wrongdoing on his part.

Bansal said that he had no business relations with his nephew nor any financial transactions with him, according to a PTI alert.

Saying that he had always followed utmost probity in public life, Bansal said he looked forward to expeditious CBI inquiry into the matter.

Senior CBI officials on Friday said Bansal's nephew V Singla was arrested in Chandigarh for accepting the money from one Manjunath, an alleged middleman for railway board member (staff) Mahesh Kumar.

Kumar was arrested at the Mumbai airport soon after he arrived from Delhi. He allegedly wanted the position as member (electrical), which falls vacant on July 1.

“The new post would have given him the power to influence advanced signalling and telecom contracts worth Rs. 2,300 crore,” a CBI officer, who didn't wish to be identified, said.

The deal was allegedly struck for Rs. 2-crore and Rs. 90 lakh was the first instalment.

The railway board is the highest decision-making body of the Indian Railways.

Manjunath, who appeared to have “mobilised the money” on behalf of Kumar, has also been named in the FIR along with one Sandeep Goyal.

Agencies

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