Senior officer held on graft charge commits suicide with son
Hours after Bansal was arrested in July, his wife Satyabala and daughter Neha were found hanging in two separate rooms at his residence. (Image source: PublicDomainPictures.net) Photograph: (Others)
A senior Indian bureaucrat, who was arrested due to corruption charges, allegedly committed suicide along with his son at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. What gives matters a bizarre turn is that the officer's wife and daughter also committed barely days after his arrest on July 19.
According to police, the incident came to light on Tuesday morning when the family's domestic help discovered the dead bodies and then made a call to the Delhi Police control room.
“We have recovered their dead bodies and called the district forensic crime team to examine the spot,” a police officer told The Indian Express.
Bansal was arrested in July on charges of accepting a bribe of Rupees 900,000 ($9,000) from a pharmaceutical company that allegedly wanted to buy its way out of an investigation for illegal business practices.
The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) said it found Rupees 60,00,000 ($90,000) in cash, 20 property papers and details of 60 bank accounts at the official's home.
Two days after Bansal’s arrest, his wife, Satyabala Bansal, 57, and daughter, Neha, 27, were found hanging in separate rooms at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar on July 19.
Both women left separate suicide notes, saying the CBI raid had caused "great humiliation" and they did not want to live after that, reported newswire Press Trust of India.
They also reportedly mentioned that they did not hold anybody responsible for their deaths.
"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the incident. It may be mentioned here that both the deceased were neither accused nor questioned or summoned in the ongoing investigation. The matter is being looked into by the local police," CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh was quoted as saying by The Times of India in its report.
Bansal had been the director general of corporate affairs before being arrested on July 16.