New Delhi: After probing various aspects of bribery scam in Railways, CBI is all set to question former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal this week.

The questioning of Bansal will revolve around his role in the appointment of suspended Railway Board Member (Staff) Mahesh Kumar involving his nephew Vijay Singla who was allegedly caught accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh, official sources said.

Bansal, who had to resign from the Union Cabinet in the aftermath of the case has been maintaining that he had done no wrong in the appointment of Kumar as Member of the Railway Board, a post equivalent to the Secretary in Government.

While CBI has managed to secure all files pertaining to the appointment and also recorded the statement of Kumar, his nephew and Private Secretary Rahul Bhandari, Bansal will be 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.

Bansal is alleged to have met Kumar in Mumbai on April 16 and the agency claimed that during this meeting the appointment of Kumar, who was General Manager (West), was confirmed.

CBI sources said questioning Singla and his associates had led the agency to understand "the role of authority which was supposed to change Kumar's discipline from Member (staff) to Member (Electrical) and allow him to continue with additional charge of GM (West)."

Lateral shifting of the Board members is done in the same manner as the appointment of a new member, which is finalized after vigilance clearance and the nod of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.


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