New Delhi: In the absence of sanction for prosecution against a Railway board member, CBI's chargesheet in the railway bribery scam, which cost Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal his job as Railway Minister, may not be filed within stipulated time till July 3.
This may pave way for automatic bail for the 10 accused, arrested in the case, in the absence of chargesheet within mandatory period of 60 days from the day of the arrest.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Monday said, "We will try to file the charge sheet. Our probe is still on."
The CBI Director was replying to a question that whether the agency would comply with the procedures which stipulate filing of the chargesheet within 60 days of the arrest of the accused.
Bansal had to quit from the post of Railway Minister when his nephew Vijay Singla was arrested for allegedly receiving bribe money from conduit of Railway Board Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar on May 3. Singla and Kumar were booked as main conspirators in the bribery case.
CBI had approached the Railway Ministry for granting sanction for prosecution against Kumar, a 1975 batch of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE), which was still awaited, official sources said.


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