Two new names crop up in railway scam probe
CBI sources said that Kul Bhushan, who is a Railway board member (Electrical), the post that arrested board member Mahesh Kumar was eyeing, has allegedly favoured a private builder in awarding contract to develop a railway land. Bhushan allegedly relaxed norms which helped the builder grab the contract worth several crores of rupees. This enquiry is crucial as Kul Bhushan is slated to be next chairman of the railway board.
‘Bhushan’s name cropped up during the questioning of the accused in the case and scanning of files related to the scam,’ the CBI sources added.
The CBI has been probing the Rs 10-crore railway note-for-post scandal allegedly involving Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla and the then member (staff) Mahesh Kumar. Both of them were arrested.
As far as Rahul Bhandari’s role is concerned, the CBI claimed that he allegedly used to infringe in the transfer and posting matters of the railway ministry for monetary gains. The sources said the agency had gathered the information during its ongoing probe in the bribery scandal that Bhandari was allegedly instrumental in influencing a number of key postings and transfers in the ministry.
Bhandari, a 1997-batch Punjab-cadre IAS officer, has been grilled about these instances during his examination by the agency which is likely to file charge sheet in connection with the Railway bribery scandal this month.