Railway bribery case: Pawan Bansal distances himself from nephew

Distancing himself from his nephew arrested by CBI last night in a case of bribery for allegedly fixing a top level position in Railway Board, Railway Minister PK Bansal today said he had no business links with him and denied any wrongdoing.

Railway bribery case: Pawan Bansal distances himself from nephew
Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal

In a statement, 64-year-old Bansal, who was made Railway Minister in October 2012, claimed he has always observed highest standards of probity in public life and that nobody can influence his decisions.

He also sought an expeditious CBI inquiry into the issue. "Regarding yesterday's incident involving my sister's firm in a CBI raid at Chandigarh, I have to say that I have no knowledge or proof about the matter at all. Though a close relative, he or any other relative of mine does not and cannot meddle in my official function or influence my decision.There is also no business relationship between his and my family. I have always observed highest standard of probity in public life and look forward to an expeditious investigation by CBI in the matter", he said in the statement.

Bansal's nephew V Singla was Friday arrested by CBI, which also held a Member of the Railway Board in connection with alleged bribery of Rs 90 lakh for fixing a top level position in the government.

Singla was arrested in Chandigarh for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh in cash from Manjunath, the conduit of Mahesh Kumar, recently promoted as Member (Staff) and trying to get a lucrative position as Member (Electrical).

Kumar was arrested in Mumbai by a CBI team soon after he had flown in from Delhi. CBI has registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC against him.

The other person arrested by CBI was Sandip Goyal, who allegedly assisted in brokering the deal. 

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