A central bureau of investigation (CBI) court on Monday commenced trial in the controversial railway bribery case, in which former railway minister and former Chandigarh MP Pawan Bansal is likely to appear as a prosecution witness on Tuesday.
Bansal, who had resigned from his position in the wake of the Rs 10-crore cash-for-post scam, was summoned by CBI special judge Swarana Kanta Sharma. His nephew Vijay Singla is among the 10 accused he is expected to depose against.
Besides Singla, then member (staff) of railway board Mahesh Kumar, MD of Bangalore-based GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd Narayan Rao Manjunath and alleged middlemen Sandeep Goyal, MV Murali Krishan and CV Venugopal have also been accused by the investigating agency.
On Monday, the court partially recorded the statements of two prosecution witnesses, including the then railway board chairman Singla and Jagmohan Rawat, who had sanctioned the prosecution of Kumar.
In March, the court had framed charges of conspiracy and corruption against the two accused.
At that time, the court had observed that there existed, on the face of it, enough evidence to prove that the accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy whereby Singla was to be paid Rs 10 crore to get Kumar appointed as member (electrical) in the railway board.
The probe agency had alleged that it was between the accused that Rs 5 crore would be paid before the appointment and the rest after the job was done. It had as claimed first tranche of around Rs 90 lakh was given to Singla who was apprehended while accepting the money.
(With inputs from PTI)