New Delhi: One of the meetings between Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and suspended Railway Board Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar is likely to figure during the former's examination by CBI which may take place soon.

CBI sources said the meeting took place on the sidelines of a function in Mumbai when the minister visited there on April 16.

It is being said that within a fortnight of this meeting, in which two more persons were understood to be present, Kumar assumed charge of Member (Staff) in the Railway Board.

The sources added that Kumar is now changing his version about the meeting and is evasive in his responses.

The sources also said that such meetings are part of the protocol. But in the present context of serious bribery allegations even such seemingly innocuous meetings need attention.

The probe agency wants to get a clear picture whether it (the meeting) had to do with Kumar's posting or a routine one, the sources said.

The CBI has arrested eight persons in connection with the bribery case.

CBI is probing allegations that Rs 90 lakh were paid to Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla by Railway Board Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar for his appointment as Member (Electrical).

However, Bansal had denied any wrongdoing by him claiming that he has no business links with Singla.


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