No final call on Bansal at Cong core group meeting

New Delhi, May 4: The Congress core group, which met on Saturday evening to discuss the resignation offer made by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in the wake of a bribery scandal allegedly involving his nephew Vijay Singla, did not make any final decision. Singla is accused of taking money from Mahesh Kumar to secure a top post in the railway board for the latter.

Sources said the railway minister explained his position to the top brass of the party. Bansal reportedly said that he hasn't spoken to his nephew for sometime and never had he discussed any appointments with Singla.

The CBI has got a four-day custody of Singla and three other people in connection with the latest scandal. The investigative agency told the court on Saturday that it needs to find out the source of the bribe amount and who the ultimate beneficiary is.

Bansal offered to quit over the corruption charges after he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence at 7 Race Course Road. Sources said although Saturday's core group meeting did not arrive at a decision on Bansal but a crucial decision could be taken in the next 24 years.

Bansal spoke to PM Singh for 20 minutes and didn't speak to the reporters at the time of leaving. Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi said the railway minister said whatever he had to say and he didn't think that he could do anything more.

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