A special CBI anti-corruption court has on Saturday remanded Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar to two days transit custody so that the central agency can take him to Delhi, where it has registered an FIR, and produce him before an appropriate court there.
Kumar was been arrested on Friday evening soon after he landed at Mumbai airport. According to the remand application filed by the CBI, railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla, booked on Friday evening on bribery charges, had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 10 crore for the post of Member (Electrical), Railway Board and negotiations were on with arrested senior railway official Mahesh Kumar, as the post is yet to become vacant.
According to CBI, Kumar had been appointed as Member (Staff), Railway Board just two days back and he was allegedly negotiating with Singla for also continuing to hold the post of general manager, Western Railways.
Kumar had allegedly agreed to pay an amount of Rs 2 crore for the simultaneous post of general manager, Western Railways and Singla had allegedly received the first installment of Rs 90 lakh paid in Chandigarh on behalf of Kumar, the application stated.
The CBI claimed that Kumar had handed over the first installment to a middleman, Manjunath, who passed it on to one Sandeep Goyal. Goyal in turn paid the bribe amount to Singala. Manjunath is said to be a businessman from Chandigarh.
On Saturday, Kumar’s counsel M Janardhanan urged the special CBI court to allow Kumar to get admitted to a hospital as he was feeling pain in his chest and offered that the bureaucrat on his own will remain present before the concerned court at Delhi. CBI opposed the move stating the medical report of Saint Georges Hospital, where he was examined, did not indicate any ailment.
The special court rejected the plea and remanded Kumar to two days transit custody saying the CBI would take him to a hospital, if required.