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Railgate: CBI lets Bansal off the hook

The CBI, on Tuesday, filed chargesheet in the alleged Railway bribery case in which senior Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal had to resign from the post of Railway minister over a month back. Bansal’s name is not in the chargesheet, while his nephew Vijay Singla and suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar are among the 10 accused in the case.

CBI had questioned Bansal at length in the case earlier. However, officials said they could not find any evidence of his direct involvement in the scam. Besides, the agency also seems to have spared Bansal’s personal secretary Rahul Bhandari who was earlier questioned.

The CBI filed its chargesheet just in time to deny accused persons any chance of getting out on bail. In a corruption case, chargesheet has to be filed within 60 days of arrest.

Apart from Kumar and Singla, other accused named in the chargesheet are – Sandeep Goyal, Samir Sandhir, Sushil Daga, Ajay Garg, Rahul Yadav, businessman Manjunath and his two aides PV Murali and Venugopal. Two courier boys, who delivered the bribe amount, have not been named in the chargesheet.

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