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Bansal named witness in Railgate case trial

In a strange development, former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has been named as a witness in the railway bribery case. Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla is among 10 people named in the CBI chargesheet. It was Singla’s arrest had led to the former union railway minister’s resignation.

The agency has filed a list of 90 prosecution witnesses along with the chargesheet in a special CBI court in Delhi. Bansal has been named as the 39th witness. CBI sources said that Bansal, during his questioning, had completely distanced himself from his nephew and said that he has nothing to with the bribery scandal.

Singla, along with Railway Board Member Mahesh Kumar, Managing Director of Bangalore-based GG Tronics India Private Limited, Narayana Rao Manjunath, middlemen Ajay Garg and Sandeep Goyal, Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, CV Venugopal and MV Murali Krishan, has been chargesheeted by the agency in the case.

CBI has arrested the eight accused and all have been chargesheeted for alleged criminal conspiracy and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Besides Bansal, the agency has also named ex-Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal, who retired from his post on 1 July this year, as a prosecution witness in the case. Railway Board’s Joint Secretary (confidential), P Rajeshkaran and Joint Director Vigilance (Int), R Vijayan Nair, has also been named as witnesses by the CBI.
Besides them, several officials from various banks have been named as witnesses.
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