New Delhi: A day after former bureaucrat BK Bansal allegedly committed suicide along with his son at his residence here, the CBI has received hand-written suicide notes, which accuse several senior officials of the central probe agency of harassing and torturing his family during their investigation into bribery allegations against him.
News agency ANI quoted CBI confirming that it has received purported hand written notes of BK Bansal, then DG (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and his son from Delhi Police today.
The letters contain allegations against certain CBI officials in connection with the on-going bribery investigation against BK Bansal and his family members, the CBI said.
We have examined the matter and decided to probe the allegations, the agency quoted the CBI as saying.
Bansal, in his letter sent to media houses (India Today TV), had accused five CBI officers of harassing his family.
The former official had written that his wife was physically tortured by two female CBI officials who use to pinch his wife's body.
Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has also reacted to the shocking development and attacked the Centre for misusing the CBI for political gains.
Absolutely shocking. Are we living in a democracy? More shocking is media's reluctance to tell full story. Do read this n make it viral https://t.co/DdDvFj8hZx
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 28, 2016
Bansal and his son committed suicide at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in east Delhi on Tuesday, almost a month after he was granted bail by a special CBI court.
Bansal, who was the Director General of Corporate Affairs, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in July on alleged charges of bribery and attempting to scuttle a probe against a Mumbai-based Elder Pharmaceuticals.
Police said Bansal and his son allegedly hanged themselves and their bodies were discovered today around 9 am by the maid.
Responding to the news, the CBI said it was deeply saddened to know about the unfortunate demise of BK Bansal and his son. "The matter is being looked into by the local police," added the investigative agency.
According to neighbours, Bansal and his son were upset over the ongoing graft case and the recent deaths in the family.
Bansal's wife and daughter had also committed suicide in July.
Satyabala Bansal, 57, and Neha Bansal, 27, were found hanging from ceiling fans in different rooms of their first-floor flat in Neelkanth Apartments in Madhu Vihar area.
The two had left separate suicide notes, saying the "CBI raid" caused "great humiliation" and they did not want to live after that.
They, however, held nobody responsible for their death.
Bansal, an additional secretary-rank officer in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, was arrested by the CBI on July 16 for allegedly accepting bribe from a prominent pharmaceutical company.
The CBI had carried out searches at eight locations in connection with the case during which the agency had claimed to have made cash recoveries.
He was later arrested but released on bail. According to sources, CBI had summoned him for further questioning on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the IAS association has also called for a fair probe into the matter.
Suicides by the entire family of B K Bansal former DG Corporate Affairs is sad & tragic. Free & fair probe is a must.
— IAS Association (@IASassociation) September 28, 2016
The opposition Congress party has also called for a court-monitored probe into the death of suspended Corporate Affairs Ministry officer B.K. Bansal and his family members.