Ex-bureaucrat, son found dead months after wife, daughter killed themselves
Bansal’s 58-year-old wife Satya Bala and daughter Neha, 28, were found hanging from ceiling fans of two rooms at Neelkanth Apartment in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar area in July.
Suicide notes written by the mother and daughter said they took the extreme step because of humiliation caused by CBI officials during search operations at Bansal’s residence.
Bansal’s son, Yogesh, was missing since the raid at his place. He was working as a real estate agent. Deputy commissioner of police (East) Rishipal said Bansal and his son were found dead at their house in Neelkanth Apartment in Mayur Vihar Phase I.
“We are probing the case. Bansal was on bail,” he said.
Bansal was arrested by the CBI in July for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 9 lakh from representatives of a Mumbai firm to not order an investigation into allegations that it had duped 24,000 investors of Rs 176 crore.
Taking note of the unfortunate events that took place in his family after his arrest, a special CBI court granted bail to Bansal in August.
“We will speak to relatives and neighbours. As of now, we do not suspect foul play. Their bodies have been sent for post-mortem,” Rishipal said.
Being the senior-most officer in the Corporate Law Service of India, Bansal was the authority that gave technical advice to the government on such issues and had, therefore, received the ministry probe’s inspection report. But he did not act on its recommendations, a source said.
Senior bureaucrat Bal Kishan Bansal, who was arrested under corruption charges, committed suicide in his Madhu Vihar residence in New Delhi, news agency ANI reported. Bansal reportedly killed himself along with his son. According to police, the incident came to light on Tuesday morning when the domestic help discovered the dead bodies and then made a call to the Police Control Room.
“We have recovered their dead bodies and now call the district forensic crime team to examine the spot,” a police officer added.
In July, Bansal was arrested by the CBI on charges of corruption. Hours after he was produced in court, his wife Satyabala (58) and daughter Neha (28) were found hanging in two separate rooms at their residence in Neelkanth Apartments on July 22 after CBI’s second raid at their residence.
News agency PTI had reported that in their suicide notes, the women had said that the CBI raid had caused “great humiliation” and they did not want to live after that. They also mentioned that they didnt hold anybody responsible for their death.
Bansal had been the Director General of Corporate Affairs before being arrested on alleged charges of bribery. According to the charges, he was attempting to scuttle a probe against a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company.
The CBI had also allegedly caught him accepting a bribe of Rs 9 lakh.
A special court had later granted him bail in August. Special CBI judge Gurdeep Singh had observed, “Keeping in view the factum of unfortunate happening in his family, where his wife and daughter committed suicide when he was in police custody; he himself is suffering from a medical condition; his only son is in depression and the fact that Anjun Saxena is yet to be arrested… and particularly the peculiar circumstances of the case, I am of the opinion that the accused is entitled to bail.”
Speaking on his son’s depression, Bansal had told the judge, “My son is sitting like a statue. I fear he too will do what his mother and sister did.”