Former member Parliament-cum-Bharatiya Janata Party leader Satya Pal Jain slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for maintaining silence on railgate scam and not moving further in the case.
On May 3, Vijay Singla, nephew of former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, was allegedly caught taking bribe regarding appointments in the railway department. The name of local MP had also figured in the controversy.
Addressing the media here, Jain also accused Bansal of favouring the contractors by reducing licence fee on catering contracts, causing financial losses to the tune of crores to the railways.
The BJP leader said Bansal got the contractors a benefit of at least Rs 100 crore and at the same time burdened the common man with fare hike.
He added that Bansal reduced the licence fee on catering contracts from 15% to 10%, applicable for several trains (Rajdhani, Shatabdi) in a concealed manner in order to favour contractors.
Earlier, the contractors used to pay Rs 15 lakh as licence fee on the sale of products from train worth Rs 1 crore, now they pay Rs 10 lakh, which saved them Rs 5 lakh.
Jain said the cost of 'janta meal' and other breakfast schemes, meant for common man, was increased from Rs 15 to Rs 20 on December 21, 2012. The rates were increased by the then railway minister quoting inflation and losses to the railway department.
Ten days after increase in the meal rates, Bansal on December 31 came out with a circular giving concession to contractors.
Jain further alleged that the contractors were given government land at throwaway prices by the railway ministry with a clear aim of giving financial benefits to them.
The contractors were charged just Rs 1 per square feet per year as land licence fee for railway land (to be used for setting up kitchens).
The former MP demanded a CBI inquiry to see if there was connivance between Bansal and contractors with regard to catering policy which resulted into loses to railways.
Jain said even after a lapse of three weeks, the CBI had not even questioned Bansal, what to mention about the arrest not executed.
Attacking CBI, Jain said the investigating agency was functioning under the government pressure, following which they were not acting against Bansal. Jain also demanded making public the recorded conversation of Vijay Singla and other accused in the railgate scam.
Jain threatened that the BJP would move Supreme Court or high court in case the CBI failed to act in real time, adding that a committee of advocates had been constituted for the purpose.