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Joshi gets Railways, Law for Sibal

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, May 11 � Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal was today given additional charge of Law Ministry while Road and Transport Minister CP Joshi the Railways portfolio, following the resignation of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal last night, reports PTI.

A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique made these announcements after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recommended these changes to President Pranab Mukherjee, who accepted the resignations of Kumar and Bansal.

Railway Minister Bansal resigned yesterday following the arrest of his nephew Vijay Singla last week for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh for fixing promotion in Railway Board while Kumar quit in the wake of a raging controversy over his vetting the CBI probe report in the coal block allocations scam.

Sibal, an eminent lawyer himself, will get an opportunity to handle the Law ministry for the first time, while Joshi has held the Railway portfolio as temporary charge last year after the exit of Trinamool Congress nominee Mukul Roy.

�The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation from the following members of the Council of Ministers with immediate effect: Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar.

�Further, as advised by the Prime Minister of India, the President has directed that the additional charge of the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Law and Justice shall be given to Dr CP Joshi and Shri Kapil Sibla respectively,� the communique said.

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Joshi gets Railways, Law for Sibal

NEW DELHI, May 11 � Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal was today given additional charge of Law Ministry while Road and Transport Minister CP Joshi the Railways portfolio, following the resignation of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal last night, reports PTI.

A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique made these announcements after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recommended these changes to President Pranab Mukherjee, who accepted the resignations of Kumar and Bansal.

Railway Minister Bansal resigned yesterday following the arrest of his nephew Vijay Singla last week for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh for fixing promotion in Railway Board while Kumar quit in the wake of a raging controversy over his vetting the CBI probe report in the coal block allocations scam.

Sibal, an eminent lawyer himself, will get an opportunity to handle the Law ministry for the first time, while Joshi has held the Railway portfolio as temporary charge last year after the exit of Trinamool Congress nominee Mukul Roy.

�The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation from the following members of the Council of Ministers with immediate effect: Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar.

�Further, as advised by the Prime Minister of India, the President has directed that the additional charge of the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Law and Justice shall be given to Dr CP Joshi and Shri Kapil Sibla respectively,� the communique said.

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