Court extends bail to officer in bribery case till Aug 3

A special court on Friday extended interim bail till August 3 to graft accused Director General Corporate Affairs B K Bansal to attend the last rites of his wife and daughter, who allegedly committed suicide.

Special CBI Judge Gurdeep Singh granted the relief to Bansal after his counsel sought extension of bail on the ground that he was required for several customs related to the death of his wife and daughter.

The application, however, was opposed by the counsel for CBI who said that if the accused is required for any custom this court may pass orders in this regard at the appropriate time.

On July 20, the special court had granted two-day interim bail to Bansal to attend the last rites of his wife and daughter. Bansal’s wife Satyabala (58) and daughter Neha (28) allegedly hung themselves 
from ceiling fans in two separate rooms at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar on July 19.

Both the women left separate suicide notes, saying the CBI raid had caused “great humiliation” and they did not want to live after that. They, however, held nobody responsible for their deaths.

Bansal, an additional secretary-rank officer in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, was arrested by CBI on July 16 for allegedly accepting bribe from a prominent pharmaceutical company. 

CBI had carried out searches at eight locations in connection with the case during which the agency had claimed to have made cash recoveries. 


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