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CBI seizes documents from Rail Bhavan, may register more cases
Syed Ali Ahmed/TNS

New Delhi, May 13
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today seized files pertaining to promotions and tenders of the Rail Ministry, details of which have emerged in phone calls intercepted by it in connection with a bribery scandal involving former minister Pawan Bansal's nephew and suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar.

Sources said a CBI team visited Rail Bhavan today to collect the files on promotions and contracts which have figured in over 1,000 calls intercepted by the agency over the last two months. Transcripts of tapped phone conversations mention some tenders, contracts and promotion of certain officers, sources said.

The agency brought all the files to its headquarters today to examine them to find out whether the conversations had a connection with the railway bribe scandal in which Vijay Singla, Bansalís nephew, suspended Member (Staff) Railway Board Mahesh Kumar, and seven others were arrested and some documents seized after searches. Sources said the file of additional charge of General Manager Western Railway given to Mahesh Kumar has been kept separate.

The CBI is concentrating on the issues and angles to question the former Railway Minister. So far, he has not been issued notice to come to the agencyís headquarters, sources said.

The CBI is yet to receive the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report to identify the voices in the tapped telephone conversations. Within a few days, the report will be submitted to the agency by the CFSL that will help identify the role of the accused arrested in the bribe case and alleged cash for job scam, sources said.

Mahesh Kumar, who was General Manager in the Western Railways, was promoted as Member (Staff) Railway Board. He wanted to be Member (Electrical) Railway Board for which he allegedly agreed to give a bribe of Rs 10 crore to Vijay Singla through his contract.

(With agency inputs)

Joining the dots

  • A CBI team collected some files on promotions and contracts from Rail Bhavan
  • Transcripts of over 1,000 calls intercepted by the agency over the last two months have a mention of some tenders, contracts and promotion of certain officers
  • The agency will now examine whether the conversations had a connection with the railway bribe scandal in which Bansalís nephew and others have been arrested

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