CBI chief Ranjit Sinha,said Thursday that there was no plan to question Railways Minister Pawan Bansal as of now in connection with the bribery allegations involving his nephew.
Sinha told The Indian Express over the phone that investigations were still at a preliminary stage. We have picked up the relevant files from the ministry and are examining them further, he said.
The CBI,however,questioned Bansals personal secretary Rahul Bhandari,an IAS officer of Punjab cadre,for the second day Thursday. Bhandari was asked for an explanation on the intercepted conversations available with the investigating agency. We played the intercepted conversations to Bhandari and asked him to explain each and every aspect of it, said a senior official. Sinha confirmed Bhandari had been questioned.
The CBI Thursday told a Delhi court that key witnesses were yet to be examined and documents yet to be collected from various departments.
CBI sources said they had established the money trail of the Rs 90-lakh alleged bribe delivered to Bansals nephew Vijay Singla in Chandigarh.
Narayan Rao Manjunath had sourced the amount from fellow accused Rahul Yadav,Samir Sandhir and Sushil Daga. Daga is absconding.
The CBI has recorded over 1,000 calls running into several hours to build up its case that Mahesh Kumar allegedly bribed the ministers nephew to get promoted as Member (Electrical).
The deal was allegedly for Rs 10 crore and additional Rs 2 crore bribe was offered to get Kumar additional charge of general manager (Western Railway) and also head of Signalling and Telecom.
The CBI chief also said they were yet to decide on questioning of the Railway Board members. On being asked whether Kumar and Singla often met at the railways ministers house and discussed about his promotion,Sinha said,Meeting somebody at someones place does not really prove anything.
On Thursday,five accused,including Singla and Kumar,were remanded in judicial custody till May 20 by a Delhi court.
Singlas 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. The CBI moved an application seeking to send them in judicial custody,saying the investigation is still at an initial stage.
It said since the allegations against the accused are serious and they are influential persons,they should be remanded in judicial custody. On May 7,accused Vivek Kumar,Dharmendra Kumar,businessmen Samir Sandhir and Rahul Yadav were remanded in judicial custody till May 20.