The CPM today demanded the resignation of Pawan Kumar Bansal as Railway Minister, saying he has to take moral responsibility for the "high-level corruption" in the railways allegedly involving his nephew.
"Though the Railway Minister may not have any direct link in the matter, he has to take moral responsibility for this high level corruption involving his relative and the highest body in his ministry, the Railway Board. Propriety demands that Bansal resign as Railway Minister," the party Politburo said in a statement here.
It also sought a probe "to uncover the full ramifications of this case and prosecute all those guilty."
The CPM said the arrest of the Minister's nephew, Vijay Singla, "for accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a Member of the Railway Board is a shocking and serious matter."
It is reported that the amount paid was "part of a deal for Rs two crore to get a new post within the Railway Board," the statement said.