Bansal may not nail his nephew Neeraj Chauhan TNN New Delhi: CBI may have made Pawan Bansal a witness in the cash-for-post scam,but the former railway minister will not be deposing against his nephew Vijay Singla,whom the agency has identified as the key protagonist in the bribery case. Bansal will primarily be giving a statement regarding the procedure of appointment of member (staff) Mahesh Kumar,arrested by us, CBI director Ranjit Sinha told TOI on Monday. Sinha also said the agency did not have any evidence yet against Bansal and he had been made a witness to help the agency understand the movement of files in the railway ministry when he held the portfolio and to find out whether any outsider could have influenced postings of officers. Given the certainty that Bansal will deny he ever allowed relatives to interfere with the functioning of the ministry,his response to CBIs curiosity about movement of files will have a vital bearing on Singlas case,too. During interrogation,Bansal had told the CBI team his nephew was acting independently and that he had no role in the bribery scam. The CBIs director of prosecution,sources said,did not favour Bansals prosecution on the ground that the agency had found no proof to suggest his complicity. Bansal had earlier been interrogated as a suspect and was asked questions mainly on two aspects if he was aware of transactions between Singla and Kumar and if norms were followed in Kumars appointment. CBI officials said though transcripts of intercepted conversations between Singla and Kumar had references to the ex-minister,they found no evidence of Bansals complicity during the two-month probe.Asked if he would be probed,an officer said: No such plans as of now,but we may go ahead if we get a concrete lead in future. Alleged middleman Garg granted bail A special CBI court granted bail on Monday to Ajay Garg,one of the alleged middlemen in the Rs 10-crore railway bribery case,while reserving its order on the bail plea of Vijay Singla,nephew of Pawan Bansal.Special CBI judge Swarana Kanta Sharma granted bail to Garg,who was allegedly instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for a favourable post for then Railway Board member (staff) Mahesh Kumar,who is also an accused in the case http://mobiletoi.timesofindia.com/m...olkata&edname=&articleid=Ar00602&publabel=TOI ************************** A curious twist indeed! Pawan is a prosecution witness and he will not be giving any statement against the prime accused, namely, his nephew. What a way to go. CBI is indeed independent with a very independent Director!