A Delhi court has summoned former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal to depose as a witness in the Rs 10 crore cash-for-post railway bribery case on September 22, as per news reports on Tuesday.
Bansal has sought exemption on the basis of health grounds from a special court from appearing in a hearing related to the case today.
His lawyer told the court that the Congress leader is suffering from viral fever and so could not appear before the court.
Bansal, who resigned as Railway Minister after the case came to light, was named as a prosecution witness in the case in which his nephew Vijay Singla is one of the accused along with suspended Railway Board member Mahesh Kumar and others.
CBI court had sent the summons to Bansal to appear before it today for recording of his statement as a prosecution witness.
The CBI had chargesheeted 10 accused, including Vijay Singla and Mahesh Kumar, in the case last year.
Paving the way for the trial, the court had on March 11 this year framed charges against all the accused under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC read with provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The probe agency had alleged that Singla had demanded Rs 10 crore from Kumar for his appointment to the post of Member (Electrical) and it was decided between the accused that Rs 5 crore will be paid before the appointment and the rest after the job was done.
It had claimed first tranche of around Rs. 90 lakh was given to Singla who was apprehended while accepting the money.