Special CBI Judge Swarna Kanta Sharma on Monday remanded in CBI custody Sushil Daga,an accused in the `10 crore railway bribery case.
According to a plea submitted by the agency in court, Daga was a railway contractor who had allegedly arranged for `90 lakh -- a part payment of the bribe which was paid to ousted Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla -- to get Railway Board Member(Staff) Mahesh Kumar posted as Member(Electrical).
Daga and three fellow railway contractors --’G G Tronics’ managing director Narayan Rao Manjunath, Rahul Yadav and Sameer Sandhir -- were allegedly part of the conspiracy to pay the hefty sum as bribe to Singla.
The CBI counsel told the court that Daga needed to be confronted with the phone intercepts that the agency had taped over a two-month period along with the other relevant documents. It also sought permission to question Daga as to how the part payment of the bribe amounting to `90 lakh was arranged.
“Since accused(Daga) has been arrested on Sunday itself, he needs to be confronted with documents and intercepted conversations. It is also to be ascertained as to from where the bribe amount had been arranged....I remand the accused to police custody for two days,” the judge said.
A non-bailable warrant was also issued against Daga by the court on May 16 as he was avoiding arrest since lodging of FIR in the case.