Bansal not in chargesheet,BJP,BSP cry foul

The chargesheet filed by the CBI in the rail bribery scam has the Chandigarh unit of BJP crying foul.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:July 3, 2013 2:24 am

The chargesheet filed by the CBI in the rail bribery scam has the Chandigarh unit of BJP crying foul. With former railway minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal not among those named as accused in the chargesheet,the BJP is now exploring various options,including seeking legal recourse.

Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla was arrested on May 3 for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a member of the Railway Board to ensure his promotion. Following allegations,Bansal was forced to tender his resignation from the Railway Ministry. He had also been questioned by the CBI,last month.

Following the allegations that had surfaced,the BJP had held several protests in the city. The party leaders had also submitted documents with various agencies about the companies owned by Bansal’s family and relatives.

BJP city unit chief Sanjay Tandon said that the chargesheet reflected that the CBI was pressurised to ignore his name. “The CBI had earlier sought permission from the Lok Sabha speaker to frame charges against him. However,now they have completed the investigation without looking into Bansal’s role. It proves that CBI is a caged parrot of the Congress,” said Tandon.

He added that the party was looking at legal options,as well. Tandon also said that numerous complaints were filed by the party at different forums. However,no action had been taken.

Senior party leader and Chairman of the party’s legal cell Satya Pal Jain alleged that the CBI was working at the whims and fancies of the Centre. “The episode revolves around Bansal. Some part of the deal had been executed and the remaining was yet to be done. Still the CBI said there was no evidence. While in Gujarat,in the Ishrat Jahan case,the CBI is making attempts to find evidence to nail BJP leaders,it is trying to shield the Congress leader”.

BSP convener Haffiz Anwar-ul-Haq said that the Congress was full of corrupt people. “Despite call details and his relatives under scanner,Pawan Bansal has been let off. Even if the Congress gives him a ticket to contest in the Lok Sabha elections,people will reject him,” he said.

Congress leader Pardeep Chhabra said that truth had prevailed. He added that Bansal has emerged clean and the faith that people reposed in him had been restored.

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