CBI questions Railway Board member Kul Bhushan

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned Railway Board member Kul Bhushan in connection with its preliminary enquiry into the corruption charges against him.

Bhushan appeared at the CBI headquarters for questioning in connection with the preliminary enquiry registered after the cash-for-post scandal, involving former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal's nephew, came to light. He is accused of indulging in corrupt practices, including purchase of “benami” properties.

CBI officials said Bhushan was not able to provide satisfactory answers to some of their questions. He was not available to give his version to mediapersons.

According to the CBI, Bhushan had allegedly acquired several “benami” properties, worth several crores, from Railway contractors in lieu of favours promised to them. A flat worth Rs 1.8 crore was allegedly purchased as “benami” property in Bangalore as an accommodation for his son.

He is also under the CBI's scanner for alleged corruption in a separate enquiry related to purchase of coaches for Kolkata Metro.

Bhushan is also accused of helping a renowned builder by granting relief in terms and conditions for the development of Rail Land Development Authority prime land at Sarai Rohilla in Delhi. He also allegedly shared eligibility details of the proposed Rs 150 crore Railway signals factory at Chandigarh with contractors at the absolute initial stage, and sought partnership in exchange of favours extended to them.

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