Railway bribery scam RK Bansal resigns
Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has put in his papers on Friday. Bansal’s resignation comes after Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had asked the PM to take a final decision on the ministers. According to news channel CNN-IBN, Sonia Gandhi felt that allegations against the minister’s kin may damage party’s image and that the damage must be controlled.
The Congress had so far maintained it is for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take a final call on the minister. With Singh continuing to back under-fire law minister Ashwani Kumar, it was Bansal who seemed to be heading for the exit door.
The exit of the Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal seemed imminent as more reports of business links of his family members and aides have been surfacing.
Earlier in a possible sign of things to come, Bansal had skipped a cabinet meeting on Thursday and also did not attend office on Friday.
According to a CNN IBN report, although there are no direct evidences of Bansal’s direct involvement in the scandal, he may come under scrutiny of the CBI if enough leads are found to warrant his questioning.
The CBI on Thursday had questioned Bansal’s private secretary in connection with the alleged Rs. 10 crore bribery scandal that involves minister’s nephew V Singla.