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Railway Minister Pawan Bansal's nephew arrested by CBI for allegedly accepting bribe

Railway Minister Pawan Bansal's nephew arrested by CBI for allegedly accepting bribe
New Delhi Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a member of the Railways Board who allegedly wanted a better position.

Mr Bansal was not available for comment.

His nephew, Vijay Singla, was arrested in Chandigarh, where he lives, for accepting Rs 90 lakh in cash from a man named Manjunath who was the middleman for Mahesh Kumar, who was arrested in Mumbai.

Mr Kumar was recently promoted and made a member of the top governing body of the railways.

However, he allegedly wanted to "buy" a different post.

The arrests followed a tip-off after which the CBI tracked Mr Kumar's movements and phone calls.  They allegedly caught the minister's nephew as he was accepting the bribe.

Mr Bansal was made Railways Minister a few months ago after Mamata Banerjee pulled her Trinamool Congress out of the ruling coalition.

A series of high-profile scams have led to the opposition declaring this government "the most corrupt since independence."

The controversy around Mr Bansal will embarrass the government further at a time when national elections are just months away.

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