Bansal in attendance, railway bribery scam rocks MC House

Nov 01 2013, 02:49 IST
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At the MC House meeting on Thursday. At the MC House meeting on Thursday.
SummaryThe rail bribery scam rocked the General House of the Municipal Corporation on Thursday.

The rail bribery scam rocked the General House of the Municipal Corporation on Thursday with the meeting being adjourned amid a ruckus and demands for resignation of local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.

The MP, an ex officio member of the House, attended the meeting for the first time after the rail bribery scam came to light. Sporting black badges on their arms, the BJP councillors raised several questions demanding Bansal’s resignation. As Bansal started speaking, there was a ruckus following which the House was adjourned.

In May this year, Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla was arrested by the CBI while accepting Rs 90 lakh as a bribe from a member of the Railway Board. Following this, Bansal had to resign as Railways Minister. The BJP also raised questions on no action being taken in the booth allotment scam where Bansal’s name figured in the report prepared by the former ADC.

A discussion on the rail bribery scam was allowed by Mayor Subhash Chawla at Bansal’s insistence. The BJP saw this as an opportunity to confront Bansal.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh said when Bansal had resigned as Railways Minister then why he did not resign as MP. “Why have you been made a witness in the rail bribery scam? Witnesses are those who know something about a situation. In the booth allotment scam as well, your name figured,” Singh said. “Who has stopped the administration from registering an FIR on the matter?”

Leader of Opposition in the House BJP councillor Arun Sood said in Chandigarh there was no other platform for elected representatives to take up these issues and the city residents wanted answers to these questions.

Councillor Davesh Moudgil said Bansal should resign till the investigation in the case was over. He said there were more than 50 calls between Singla and Bansal’s son Manish. The transcripts of the conversation recorded by the CBI reveal that Bansal knew what was happening. He alleged the CBI changed the report under pressure form either Sonia Gandhi, the Prime Minister or Rahul Gandhi.

Replying to the allegations, Bansal said the BJP gave him the chance he was looking for. “The issue of booth allotment was raised in Parliament. Later, the BJP leaders in Delhi themselves said this should not have been done as there was nothing in the case,” he said.

On former ADC P S Shergill who had prepared the report in the booth allotment scam, Bansal said

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