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CBI tapes hint Bansal assured Kumar of posting

Chandigarh, Suspended member of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar, who is the main accused in " Railgate", claimed that former railway minister Pawan Bansal had assured him of elevation to Member (Electrical) in the Board, according to telephone conversations taped by the CBI. TOI has accessed the CBI chargesheet with over 500-page corpus of transcripts of conversation among the accused. The conversations recorded by the CBI also bring out that that one of the accused in the case, Narayan Rao Manjunath, claimed Bansal's son Manish and nephew Vijay Singla, were very close to the Congress's top leadership. "Tension mat lo" Manjunath, a businessman who allegedly played Kumar's conduit to Singla, is heard saying. In a separate conversation, another accused Sandeep Goyal is also purportedly talking about his clout with the PMO and the Congress brass. CBI sources, however, dismissed the contents of the intercepted conversation saying that these did not contradict their finding that Bansal was unaware of what the accused were up to. As for the accused claims about their proximity to the PMO and Congress leadership, a senior CBI official said that they were bragging and dropping ...
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BJP protests against CBI DIG for 'favouring' Bansals

Chandigarh, The BJP held a demonstration at the CBI office here, demanding action against a senior official of the agency for allegedly shielding former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and his kin by influencing the Railgate probe. The BJP workers sought removal of DIG Mahesh Aggarwal, who, they alleged, had tipped off Bansal's nephew -- Vijay Singla -- before the CBI raid. Chandigarh DSP Vijay Kumar said some of the protesters pelted police with stones. Cops resorted to a mild lathicharge and used water cannons in which former Union minister and local BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan suffered minor injuries. Aggarwal, a 1994-batch IPS officer who has close family links to Pawan Bansal, was inside his office when the BJP workers staged the protest out the CBI building. "Aggarwal not only tipped off Vijay Singla about the CBI raid but also tried to influence investigations against the relatives and close aides of Pawan Bansal. Aggarwal must be shunted out from Chandigarh immediately," said Dhawan. But the CBI has rejected the charge that one of its officials had tipped off Singla about the raid in connection with the bribery scam. Aggarwal has joined CBI office in ...
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