Press Esc to close
Thursday 18 September 2014
News updated at 2:47 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.7°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

No decision on Bansal at Congress core group meet

New Delhi, May 4, 2013 (IANS):
File photo

The Congress core group Saturday discussed the political ramifications of the arrest of Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew for allegedly taking a bribe to promote a railway official but did not take a final view in the matter, sources said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Defence  Minister A.K. Antony, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel attended the meeting.

Earlier, Bansal met the prime minister at the latter's 7 Race Course Road residence in the morning and apprised him of the issue, the sources said.


According to sources, the minister's contention was that he was being targeted for the mistake of his nephew and that he had no link with his relative in the matter.

Congress sources said for now the party leadership is buying Bansal's argument but would not hesitate in taking action against him in the future if the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe indicated his involvement in the matter. Before the core group met, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi defended Bansal.

"The opposition has a habit of asking for resignations. It has become a disease for the opposition to demand resignation of ministers," Dwivedi told reporters.

The CBI Saturday arrested Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and three others in Chandigarh for allegedly taking Rs.90 lakh from a railway official. Six people have been arrested, the CBI said.

Singla was accused of allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.90 lakh from senior railway officer Mahesh Kumar for the latter's appointment as a member of the powerful Railway Board.

Kumar, who was arrested from Mumbai Friday night, was general manager of Western Railway until he was made a Railway Board member Thursday.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini at a function on women empowerment...

BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini at a function on women empowerment...

Differently-abled children wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate his birthday...

Differently-abled children wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate his birthday...

Villagers perform worship of elephants on the occasion of Biswakarma Puja...

Villagers perform worship of elephants on the occasion of Biswakarma Puja...

Devotees take part in a procession on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations...

Devotees take part in a procession on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations...

Younga Yoo, shoots past India's Umapatidevi Thokchom at women's first round group A soccer match...

Younga Yoo, shoots past India's Umapatidevi Thokchom at women's first round group A soccer match...

A man pulls an inflatable raft with his son, through the flood water...

A man pulls an inflatable raft with his son, through the flood water...

Cars submerged in flood water after the Jammu and Kashmir floods...

Cars submerged in flood water after the Jammu and Kashmir floods...

Sonam Kapoor and Kirron Kher during a promotional event for their upcoming film Khoobsurat...

Sonam Kapoor and Kirron Kher during a promotional event for their upcoming film Khoobsurat...

Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, holding umbrella watch a cultural performance...

Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, holding umbrella watch a cultural performance...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on a traditional swing...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on a traditional swing...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523