Five accused,including Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla and suspended Member (Staff) in the Railway Board Mahesh Kumar,were today remanded in judicial custody till May 20 by a Delhi court in connection with the Rs 10 crore railway bribery case.
Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla,Mahesh Kumar,the suspended Railway Board member,and three other accused Singla’s close aide Ajay Garg,businessman Sandeep Goyal and Managing Director of GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd,Narain Rao Manjunath,were produced before Special CBI Judge Swarna Kanta Sharma after expiry of their CBI custody.
CBI moved an application seeking to send them in judicial custody,saying the investigation in the case is in progress and it is still at an initial stage.
The agency told the court that crucial witnesses are yet to be examined and some documents are to be collected from various departments.
It said since the allegations against the accused are serious in nature and they are influential persons,they should be remanded in judicial custody.
The court accepted CBI’s plea and sent all the five accused to judicial custody.
On May 7,accused Vivek Kumar,Dharmendra Kumar,businessmen Samir Sandhir and Rahul Yadav were also remanded in judicial custody till May 20 after the agency said their further custodial interrogation was not required.
One of the accused Sushil Dagga is yet to be arrested.
All the accused persons have been booked by CBI for their alleged roles in the bribery case,in which a deal of Rs 10 crore was allegedly finalised for getting Mahesh Kumar appointed to a more lucrative post in the Railway Board as Member (Electrical).
According to CBI,Manjunath’s firm was engaged in the business of manufacturing railway signal products and other components whereas Goyal’s company Pyramid Electronics was manufacturing electrical equipment for the Railways.
Manjunath was in regular contact with Mahesh Kumar,the agency said.
Manjunath and Kumar were also in regular touch with Goyal for this purpose,it said,adding that Goyal had allegedly assured Kumar that he will get him posted as Member (Electrical) in exchange for “pecuniary gratification.”
The agency said the deal was struck at Rs 10 crore to get Kumar appointed as Member (Electrical) and a part payment of Rs 90 lakhs,which was allegedly managed by accused Vivek Kumar,was made.
The court,while sending the five accused to judicial custody,said that the probe into the case is at its “crucial stage” and other accused are yet to be arrested by CBI.
“In view of the submission made before me,accused persons Vijay Singla,Sandeep Goyal,N R Manjunath,Ajay Garg and Mahesh Kumar are remanded to JC till May 20,2103 since the other accused persons are also in JC till May 20,2013 and the investigation is at its crucial stage and other persons are still to be arrested,” the judge said.
During the proceedings,Manjunath moved an application for his medical examination and treatment and the court directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to get him examined by the doctor in the prison today itself and provide him the required medicines.
The court also asked the jail superintendent to get Singla examined by the doctor in the prison today after he said he has been prescribed some medicines by doctors.