ED seizes Rs 89.68 lakh in Railway Bribery case under PMLA

ED seizes Rs 89.68 lakh in Railway Bribery case under PMLA

Agency News

New Delhi, May 7: Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached an amount of Rs 89.68 Lakh under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the case related to Railway bribery involving nephew of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

ED’s move under PMLA comes after the filing of FIR and charge sheet by CBI under section 120B of IPC read with Section 7, 8 & 12 of Prevention of Corruption Act, before CBI Special Judge Patiala House Court, New Delhi against former Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar, Vijay Singla, Sandeep Goyal and seven other accused.CBI investigation revealed that 1975 batch officer of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) Mahesh Kumar was posted as General Manager of Western Railways. He wanted to get himself appointed as Member, Electrical in the Railway Board instead of Member, Staff.

“Mahesh Kumar was in touch with N. Manjunath, who was further in touch with Sandeep Goyal, a friend of Vijay Singla. Vijay Singla demanded Rs 10 Crore through Sandeep Goyal from N Manjunath to get Mahesh Kumar Posted as Member Electrical. While delivering a token amount to Vijay Singla and Sandeep Goyal, the CBI team raided the premises of office of Vijay Singla at Sector 28 in Chandigarh and recovered Rs 89,68,000” the probe agency official said.

The CBI caught red handed the nephew of the then Rail Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal Vijay Singla while accepting a bribe of Rs 89,68,000/-.“During investigations under PMLA, it was revealed that N. Manjunath on behalf of Mahesh Kumar was persuading various Railway vendors, manufactures, contractors for making arrangement of bribe amount for promotion of Mahesh Kumar as Member, Electrical by alluring them that all the contributors would be benefited from the desired posting of Mahesh Kumar”, the probe agency officials said.

Investigation further revealed that aforesaid first instalment of bribe amount Rs 89,68,000/-was contributed by N. Manjunath, MV Murli Krishna, Sushil Daga and Venketeshwara Rail Nirman Pvt. Ltd."That Rs 50 lakh were contributed by Manjunath himself, Rs 25 lakh by M.V. Murli Krishan, Rs 5 lakh by Sushil Daga and Rs 10 lakh from the account of Venketeshwara Rail Nirman Pvt Ltd by Rahul Yadav and Sushil Daga", the probe agency said.

The aforesaid amount was routed through the account of various companies and individuals and with assistance of Hawala agents. The amount Rs 89,68,000/- was finally made available and arranged at Delhi in the form of cash and thereafter was delivered to Vijay Singla at his office in Sector 28, Chandigarh by the employees of Sushil Daga and Rahul Yadav of Delhi where CBI team caught them red handed.
The amount of Rs 89,68,000 arranged and delivered towards bribe amount being proceeds of crime in this case as envisaged under section 2(1)(u) of the PMLA has been attached by ED. (UNI)