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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 06, 2013
A Delhi court on Tuesday extended till August 19 the judicial custody of seven accused, including former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla, who were arrested in connection with the Rs. 10-crore railway bribery case. The accused, including then Railway Board member (staff) Mahesh Kumar, were produced before the court. Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma extended their judicial custody till August 19.

Of the 10 accused who were chargesheeted by the CBI, alleged middleman Ajay Garg, accused of being instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a favourable post for Kumar, was granted bail by the court on July 8.

Co-accused MV Murali Krishan and CV Venugopal are presently out on interim bail.
The court had earlier dismissed the bail pleas of nine accused.

Besides Singla, Kumar and Garg, the other accused chargesheeted by the CBI are managing director of Bengaluru-based GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd Narayan Rao Manjunath, alleged middleman Sandeep Goyal, Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, Murali Krishan and Venugopal.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its chargesheet filed on July 2, has alleged that Singla had demanded Rs. 10 crore from Kumar for his appointment as member (electrical).

The agency had said that 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 court had on July 12 dismissed the bail plea of seven accused in the case, saying that they could tamper with the evidence or influence witnesses, if released on bail.

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.

Delhi court on Tuesday extended till August 19 the judicial custody of seven accused, including former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla, who were arrested in connection with the Rs. 10-crore railway bribery case.