After Pawan Kumar Bansal, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar too resigns
New Delhi: Hours after Pawan Kumar Bansal resigned as the Railways Minister, Law Minister Ashwini Kumar followed the suite, reports NDTV.
Ashwani Kumar was in the dock for having vetted a CBI report on its coal block investigations meant for the Supreme Court. The court has severely reprimanded both the CBI and the government for Mr Kumar's actions. But Mr Kumar continues to insist that he has done no wrong.
Bansal's name had cropped up several times in over 1000 phone calls intercepted by the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) over a period of two months as part of surveillance on his nephew Singla and Kumar. The CBI has taken Mahesh Kumar into custody for allegedly trying to pay a bribe to Vijay Singla, nephew of Bansal, through a middleman on last Friday. Bansal’s nephew Singla is also in custody.
Pawan Bansal, who also skipped the cabinet meeting on Thursday, was under pressure following the arrest of his nephew Vijay Singla by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with his alleged acceptance of Rs 90 lakh as part-payment of a bribe for the promotion of an official to the Railway Board.
Law minister Ashwani Kumar is also facing the heat from the opposition over accusations that he vetted - and changed - the draft CBI report on the coal blocks allocation controversy.
Sources said there is unease in the Congress over the controversies surrounding the two ministers, and a meeting of the core group was expected on Saturday. They said the core group could also informally meet on Friday to take stock of the situation.
The CBI has arrested eight persons in connection with the bribery scandal. CBI had arrested Singla for receiving Rs 90 lakh part payment of bribe amount allegedly routed by Kumar to Singla through middlemen.
It was learnt that the money was part of the Rs 10 crore promised for lateral shifting of Kumar from Member (Staff) to Member (Electrical), which is considered a lucrative posting.
Ashwani Kumar was in the dock for having vetted a CBI report on its coal block investigations meant for the Supreme Court.