Million $ question: Why is CBI DIG Sanjeev Gautam not being arrested?
Is Delhi Police not registering an FIR in the double-suicide case to save CBI DIG Sanjeev Gautam as he is a close aide of BJP President Amit Shah? The suicide note of BK Bansal mentions that Gautam himself claimed that he was close to the BJP president. Sources claim that the police have refused to file an FIR due to political pressure.
Legal experts claim that Sanjeev Gautam could have been easily arrested by Delhi Police under the charges of abetment to suicide as the dying declaration of BK Bansal claims torture, abuse and harassment by him.
The dying declaration, according to legal experts, is considered as evidence by courts and arrest of the accused is mandatory as police have no power to grant bail under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Surprisingly in this case, CBI has ordered only an internal probe which is a routine exercise to handle the cases of indiscipline.
On Thursday, a Joint Commissioner rank officer of CBI has been appointed to conduct the internal probe.
In the dying declaration, the Bansals mentioned that Sanjeev Gautam was torturing him and his family and nothing could be done against him as he was close to Amit Shah.
According to highly-placed sources, Sanjeev Gautam is in direct touch with Amit Shah and used to take his orders. Gautam is said to have overlooked even CBI Director Anil Sinha’s orders many times. After Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, Sanjeev Gautam, a 1995 batch IRS (C&CE) officer, who belonged to Custom and Central Excise Department, was moved to Delhi anti-corruption wing, which keeps a close eye on the activities other officers in the country.
In order to please Amit Shah, the anti-corruption unit officers conducted raids on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar. Sources in CBI said, DIG Sanjeev Gautam even did not pay heed to his senior, Joint Director Anurag Garg.
“The IPS lobby was also not happy with Gautam’s posting as DIG. He was preferred to IPS officers and former CBI Director Ranjeet Sinha is said to have helped him get a promotion,” claim insiders.
It was learnt that DIG Sanjeev Gautam was supervising the graft case against BK Bansal, former Director General of Corporate Affairs. And during the raid on the intervening night of July 16 and 17, SP Amrita Kaur, DSP Rekha Sangwan were present in the raid when Bansal was arrested after being caught red-handed taking a bribe of Rs 9 lakh.
In the suicide note written by Bansal, he claimed that Amrita Kaur and Rekha Sangwan tortured his wife and daughter. They allegedly slapped his wife, dug nails into her and abused her.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has not even bothered to take out call details and the locations of the lady officers to ascertain the allegations made by Bansal.
According to sources, Delhi Police is only conducting inquest proceedings in the double-suicide case and has refused to register any FIR. Earlier also when Bansal’s wife and daughter committed suicide and Bansal was in police custody, the police did not register any FIR, but only inquest proceedings were undertaken.
Speaking to Millennium Post, a Joint commissioner rank officer in Delhi Police on condition of anonymity, said, “CBI is a sister organization and both CBI and Delhi Police are directly under the central government. So, the discrimination would be always there. But if any victim had mentioned the name of Aam Aadmi Party or Arvind Kejriwal, strict action would have been taken on the very first day itself.”
“Keeping in mind the long-term perspective, CBI officers have not been booked for abetment to suicide,” said another source close to investigation. Senior Delhi Police officials, however, preferred to remain tight-lipped on the issue.