The six accused were produced before Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma after the expiry of their judicial custody and the court extended it till August 31. (JPN/Agencies)
The issue, after getting unfolded generated much heat and then Railway Minister in PM Manmohan Singh’s Cabinet - Pawan Kumar Bansal had to tender his resignation, owing to the criticism and pressure created by the Opposition parties.
Besides Singla, then Member (Staff) of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar, MD of Bangalore-based GG Tronics India Pvt Ltd Narayan Rao Manjunath, alleged middlemen Sandeep Goyal, MV Murali Krishan and CV Venugopal were produced before the court on Monday.
Of the 10 accused who were chargesheeted by CBI in the case, four are out on bail at present.
Accused Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir and Sushil Daga were granted bail by the court on August 12 on a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh with two sureties each in the like amount even though CBI had opposed it.
Alleged middleman Ajay Garg, who has been accused of being instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a lucrative post for Kumar, was granted bail by the court on July 8.
CBI, in its charge sheet filed on July 2, has alleged that Singla had demanded Rs 10 crore from Mahesh Kumar for his appointment as Member (Electrical).
The probe agency has said that it was decided between the accused that Rs 5 crore will be paid before the appointment and the rest of the money will be paid after the job would be done.
The first tranche of Rs 89.68 lakh was given to Singla who was apprehended while accepting the money, it has said.
All the 10 accused have been chargesheeted for the offence of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Former Minister Bansal, who resigned from the Union Cabinet in the wake of the scandal, has been named as one of the key witnesses in the case while his nephew Singla has been termed as the ‘main person’ whose influence was to be allegedly used for getting Kumar appointed to the post.
The six accused were produced before Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma after the expiry of their judicial custody and the court extended it till August 31.