Claiming overwhelming evidence, BJP in-charge of legal cell Satyapal Jain on Tuesday demanded that the CBI interrogate Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in connection with the case in which the Minister’s nephew has been arrested for allegedly accepting Rs. 90 lakh as bribe.
Talking to reporters here, Mr. Jain who has represented the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat twice, said it was an open and shut case as the money was paid at the palatial house of prime accused Vijay Singla, which is very close to Mr. Bansal’s personal residence here.
Reacting to Mr. Bansal’s “disassociation” from his nephew’s activities and business dealings, Mr. Jain accused the Minister of adopting the same posture when his son Amit Bansal, who runs a pharmaceutical manufacturing unit, was in the spotlight after a sting operation. Mr. Jain released a recording by television channel, where Mr. Bansal’s son is shown as offering to print Rs. 150 as price of a medicine, which should normally be listed at Rs. 15.
Mr. Jain went on to release copies of reports by the Standing Committee of Parliament on Health and Family Welfare, which had passed strictures against various pharmaceutical companies, including the one run by Mr. Amit Bansal.
The company, Theon, figured among those which had not run the mandated Phase-III clinical trials for FDC of Pregabalin, Methylcobolamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Pyridoxine and Folic Acid. The committee held that there was no scientific evidence that these drugs were really effective and safe for Indian patients. It also pointed out short measures of the vital components in various drugs produced by Theon.
Seeking to establish a linkage, Mr. Jain had previously released a list of businesses, including those owned by Vijay Singla, which had courted some controversy in the recent past. He said owners and partners of these companies were relatives of Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, though the Minister’s name did not appear directly on their boards.
Meanwhile, confusion prevailed about Mr. Singla’s business associate Ajay Garg, who according to some sources, was picked up by the CBI from his Sector 22 residence here. Other reports suggested that he surrendered in a Delhi court. Mr. Garg, a realtor, is said to have been present when Mr. Singla allegedly accepted Rs. 90 lakh as bribe.
The Chandigarh unit of the BJP organised a protest near the local CBI office, demanding the dismissal of Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal. Party workers faced a light use of force by the police as they attempted to remove barricades.