No knowledge about bribe, says Bansal

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal Saturday claimed that he was innocent, and had “no knowledge or clue” about the bribe that his nephew, Vijay Singla, had allegedly taken for fixing a top level position in the government.

Bansal, denying any wrongdoing from his side, said he had no business relations with his nephew, nor did he have any financial transactions with him.

In a statement, Bansal said he had “no knowledge or clue about the matter at all”. He said his relatives “cannot meddle in my official function or influence my decisions”.

The minister claimed he had always observed the highest standards of probity in public life, and looked forward to an “expeditious investigation by the CBI in the matter”.

Bansal’s nephew Singla and three others, including a railway official, were Friday night booked by the CBI in the bribery case.

Singla was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.90 lakh from a member of the Railways Board who wanted a better position.

The minister has denied involvement.

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