New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday defended Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal saying it would "not be appropriate" to sack him unless his guilt is proved.

"Unless an investigation report (proves his guilt), it will be unfair to seek Bansal's resignation," Mayawati said. "The issue is being investigated by the CBI and it should not prolong its probe," she said.

"Let the investigation report come. That will make the situation clear and a decision can be taken then," she added.

Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla was arrested last week by the CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.90 lakh. The bribe was paid to him by two people for getting a senior railway officer, Mahesh Kumar, appointed as a member of the powerful Railway Board.

(Agencies)

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