Wife and daughter of officer arrested for graft commit suicide

satyabala-bansalTwo days after senior bureaucrat BK Bansal was arrested in Delhi for corruption, his wife and young daughter were found hanging inside their home.

Satyabala Bansal, 58, and Neha, 27, were found in separate rooms of their home in east Delhi. They left separate but similar suicide notes in which they wrote that they felt humiliated by a CBI raid at their apartment. Bansal’s 25-year-old son who was not at home has been called to the CBI for questioning.

BK Bansal, a Director General in the Corporate Affairs Ministry was arrested because the CBI said it caught him accepting Rs.900,000 in cash from a pharmaceutical company that wanted to buy its way out of an investigation for illegal business practices.

Bansal had been handling alleged violations by the Mumbai company and had demanded Rs.2 million for sparing any investigation.

Some days later the CBI searched Bansal’s apartment and found Rs.6 million cash, 20 property papers, and details of 60 bank accounts.

In a statement the CBI said they are deeply shocked and saddened by the incident. Both the deceased were neither accused, questioned or summoned in the ongoing investigation. Neighbours say the family largely kept to themselves and Mr Bansal rarely spoke to anybody.

Bansal was sent by a court to 3 more days of CBI custody.