Five accused, including railway minister PK Bansal's nephew and suspended member (staff) in the Railway Board, were on Thursday 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.