India bureaucrat suicide: Top court considers special probe team, warns against politicising issue

PTI New Delhi, India Nov 21, 2016, 04.35 PM(IST)

BK Bansal and his son allegedly committed suicide at their residence in New Delhi on September 27. Photograph:( PTI )

The Supreme Court on Monday admitted a plea seeking a special investigation team (SIT) probe into the alleged suicide of senior Indian official B K Bansal, but warned against politicising the "sensitive" case in which the officer had come under the scanner of the central investigating agency, CBI, for allegedly accepting a bribe.

"Don't politicise the case. It's a sensitive matter," a bench comprising Justices J S Khehar and Arun Misra told the senior counsel who had appeared in the matter.

Bansal, a former director general of corporate affairs, was facing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in a corruption case. He and his son allegedly committed suicide at their East Delhi residence on September 27.

Two months before Bansal's death, his wife and daughter were also found hanging from ceiling fans at their residence.

Former bureaucrat E A S Sarma filed the plea with the apex court seeking the setting up of an SIT to probe the incident admitting which notices were served to the central government and the CBI. 

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, who appeared for Sarma, said that an SIT probe was needed in the matter as there were serious allegations of torture against CBI officials.

He also sought the prosecution of those allegedly involved in the allaged suicide of Bansal and his family.

Separate suicide notes, ostensibly from Bansal's wife and daughter, were also recovered, saying that the "CBI raid" caused them "great humiliation", and they did not want to live after that.

No one was held responsible for their death in these "suicide notes".

Bansal, an additional secretary-rank officer in the ministry of corporate affairs, was arrested by CBI on July 16 for allegedly accepting a bribe from a prominent pharmaceutical company.

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. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)