Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 6
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, against 11 entities before the Special Court at Chandigarh in the railway bribery case.
Officials of the ED said the prosecution complaint, which is equivalent to a chargesheet, had been filed with a prayer to punish the accused and confiscate assets under the PMLA.
The 11 accused are former officer of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers Mahesh Kumar, N Manjunath, Sandeep Goyal, Vijay Singla, Ajay Garg, Rahul Yadav, Sameer Sandhir, Sushil Daga, CV Venugopal, MV Murali Krishna and Venkateshwara Rail Nirman Pvt.
The investigation was initiated under the provisions of the PMLA on the basis of a CBI FIR and chargesheet filed before the Special CBI Judge, Patiala House Court, New Delhi, against Mahesh Kumar, the then member staff of the Railway Board, Vijay Singla, Sandeep Goyal and seven others under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The ED said the case was related to the arrest of Vijay Singhla, nephew of then Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 89,68 lakh for the appointment of Mahesh Kumar, a 1975-batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE), as member (Electrical), Railway Board.