Inspector says he was asked to hide rail board member’s bags
Trouble is brewing further for the senior Railway Protection Force (RPF) official with the inspector, who had attempted to hide two bags belonging to Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, naming him in his statement to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), reports Manish Pachouly.mumbai Updated: May 09, 2013 01:40 IST
Trouble is brewing further for the senior Railway Protection Force (RPF) official with the inspector, who had attempted to hide two bags belonging to Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, naming him in his statement to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The CBI is contemplating to make the inspector witness in the case to nail the senior RPF official.
Sources in CBI said that the inspector in his statement said that his senior had asked him to accompany Kumar’s wife and help her out. It was after this the inspector went with Kumar’s wife who was also accompanied by the senior RPF official’s wife.
The inspector picked up the two bags from Kumar’s official residence in Mumbai and took the same to his relative’s house in Bhayandar.
From the Bhayandar house, CBI recovered the bags which contained documents related to Kumar’s enormous properties and investments.
The inspector told CBI that he was not aware about the contents of the bags and only acted on the instruction of his senior.
“We may not arrest the inspector, as he acted on the instruction of his senior. Making him witness in the case may help us unearth involvement of more senior officials in the case,” a CBI official said requesting anonymity.
The CBI had on Tuesday conducted searches on Kumar in Mumbai and recovered property and investment documents worth more than Rs7 crore. Besides, diamond jewellery worth a few crores was also seized.
Kumar had called his wife on Friday to destroy the bags as he had got wind of the CBI action just before the central agency swooped on him.
The Mumbai CBI has given all the documents seized to their Delhi counterparts who are investigating the bribery case involving Kumar and railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew.
First Published: May 09, 2013 01:38 IST