A Delhi court on Friday dismissed the bail plea of former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla, suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar and five others in the Rs. 10-crore railway bribery case.
Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma rejected the plea of the seven accused, who were arrested in May and have been remanded in judicial custody till July 19.
Besides Singla, the court rejected the bail plea of then Railway Board member (staff) Mahesh Kumar, managing director of Bangalore-based GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd Narayan Rao Manjunath, alleged middleman Sandeep Goyal, Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir and Sushil Daga.
During the day, the court also heard the arguments on the bail plea of accused MV Murali Krishan and CV Venugopal, who were chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) but not arrested during the probe, and fixed July 15 for the pronouncement of order on their application.
They were named as accused in the chargesheet filed on July 2. Alleged middleman Ajay Garg, who has been accused of being instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a favourable post for Mahesh Kumar, was granted bail by the court on July 8.
All 10 accused have been chargesheeted for the offence of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court had on July 4 taken cognisance of the CBI's chargesheet in which the agency has alleged that Singla had demanded Rs. 10 crore from Mahesh Kumar for his appointment to the post of member (electrical) and it was decided between the accused that Rs. 5 crore would be paid before the appointment and the rest after the job was done.
The first tranche of Rs. 89.68 lakh was allegedly given to Singla, who was arrested in Chandigarh while accepting the money, the CBI has said. Bansal was forced to resign from the union cabinet in the wake of the scandal.