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Railway bribery case: CBI wanted to wait for second payment

Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 05, 2013
First Published: 23:16 IST(5/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:17 IST(5/5/2013)

Investigators wanted to wait for few more days before swooping down on Vijay Singla, the nephew of railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was caught red handed with the first installment of the bribe money to swing a posting in favour of senior railway ministry official Mahesh Kumar.

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The CBI has alleged that Mahesh Kumar, the member (staff) of railway board wanted to become member (electrical) as it was far more lucrative posting.

He struck a deal with Sandeep Goyal, a Chandigarh based railway contractor for Rs. 10 crore.

Goyal promised to get the work done with the help of Vijay Singla. But the post of member (electrical) was to get vacant in the next two months.

Mahesh Kumar asked for additional charge of general manager railway and signal and telecommunication in the meanwhile.

Kumar had been promoted as member (staff) of railway board from the post of general manager (Western Railway).

Goyal asked for a payment of Rs. 2 crore for the additional charges.

The first installment of Rs. 90 lakh was delivered to Goyal and Singla on Friday and the CBI sleuths caught them red-handed while counting cash.

"Some of the investigators wanted to wait for the payment of second installment of bribe money that was to be given Singla and his associates. We expected that Mahesh Kumar may himself go to Chandigarh with the second installment of the bribe as it may have been around Rs. 3 crore. It would have been open and shut case then. Both the scenarios were discussed. But then it was decided to swoop on Singla and his associate Sandeep Goyal at the first go leaving nothing to chance," said an investigator.

According to sources, Mahesh Kumar, who will produced in the court of special CBI judge Swarna Kanta Sharma on Monday, was willing to pay money for the additional charge of general manager (western railway) as a general manager has the authority to clear contracts up to worth Rs. 200 crore.

That's way Mahesh Kumar wanted to remain general manager of western railway before he could the post of member (electrical) of the railway board.


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