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Pawan Bansal is not off the hook; Judge slams CBI clean chit to former railway minister

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The judge said that she may ask for former minister's role to be examined during the trial.
  • Pawan Bansal is not off the hook; Judge slams CBI clean chit to former railway minister
    Pawan Bansal is not off the hook; Judge slams CBI clean chit to former railway minister

    New Delhi: Although CBI has made former Railway Minister Pawn Kumar Bansal prosecution witness, the judge handling the investigations into the railway scam has said that she may ask for Bansal's role to be examined during the trial. The CBI, which is investigating an alleged deal of 10 crores to help a man get a coveted post on the Railways Board, has said that there is no evidence to prove Mr Bansal's involvement, though it was his nephew Vijay Singla who was caught accepting a 90-lakh kickback, reportedly the first installment of a larger payment.

    According to NDTV report "The high and mighty should not escape the law," the judge said in a written order on Thursday, accessed exclusively by NDTV.

    "The culture of sifarish (lobbying for recommendations) and right contacts will not do," CBI special judge Swarna Kanta Sharma told the CBI in her written order.

    Vijay Singla, the minister's nephew, has been arrested. The CBI said the deal for the cash-for-office payment was finalized at the minister's official residence in Delhi.

    Earlier this month, the CBI said that Mr Bansal will serve as prosecution witness. The judge has responded. "If the CBI has chosen to make Mr Bansal a witness, then at this juncture, there being no evidence against him, the court cannot pass any order or question him, except during the trial."

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