Mahesh suspended, nephew arrested; What about Pawan Kumar Bansal?
New Delhi: Mahesh Kumar, Member (Staff) Railway Board who had allegedly paid a bribe of Rs 90 lakh to the nephew of Railway Minister P K Bansal, has been suspended.
Kumar was placed under suspension after the receipt of a report from CBI in the matter.
"Following the receipt of the official report from CBI, the Ministry of Railways places Mahesh Kumar, Member (Staff), under suspension," Additional Director General of Railways, Public Relations, Anil Saxena, told PTI.
Kumar was arrested by CBI after the agency apprehended him while paying the bribe to Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla reportedly for a plum post.
Kumar's suspension came hours after the Railway Ministry issued a statement maintaining that no rules had been flouted in the appointment as Member (Staff) earlier this week.
"No officer senior to Shri Mahesh Kumar fulfilling the norms governing appointment to the post of Member (Staff) has been superseded," the ministry said.
In the meanwhile, Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Saturday told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi that he had not been in touch for a while with his nephew, who has been arrested for allegedly accepting a Rs. 90-lakh bribe from a man who wanted a key posting on the Railways Board so badly that he was willing to pay Rs. 10 crore for it.
Mr Bansal, who has offered to resign, told his party's core group that he did not discuss postings in his ministry with his nephew, Vijay Singla.
The Congress core group meeting ended inconclusively as the party has not decided yet whether Mr Bansal should quit office. The government is beleaguered by an array of corruption scandals in areas ranging from coal to telecom. Now, the railways is added to that list.
The Congress core group will again meet today to discuss the fate of Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.