New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday quizzed former Railway Minister PK Bansal for over six hours in connection with bribery scandal involving his nephew Vijay Singla and Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar.

Bansal was grilled till 6.45 in the evening. The sources said CBI wants to examine the role of Bansal, if any, in the alleged bribery scandal.

Bansal was asked a number of questions about his meetings with Kumar, his promotion as Board member and the additional charge given to him as General Manager (West).

Kumar had allegedly paid Rs 90 lakh to Bansal's nephew Singla for retaining the additional charge of General Manager (West) after his promotion as Railway Board Member (Staff). The duo were taken into custody by CBI on May 3 when it nabbed Singla with Rs 90 lakh alleged bribe money.

The sources claimed the agency confronted Bansal with phone conversation intercepts, call detail records and grilled him on how Singla was able to assure Kumar about his elevation if he had not discussed the matter with him.

Bansal was confronted with the evidence collected by the probe agency about his meeting with the suspended Railway Board member in Mumbai on April 16 this year.

The Chandigarh MP denied having knowledge of having any deal struck between Singla and Kumar. He also claimed his innocence in the entire scandal and said he had not given any assurance to Kumar about his elevation as Board Member, the sources said.


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