The wife and daughter of a senior corporate affairs ministry official, who was arrested on charges of corruption, committed suicide at their New Delhi home on Tuesday. Utv Pakistan Report
Corporate affairs director general BK Bansal’s 58-year-old wife Satya Bala and daughter Neha, 28, were found hanging from ceiling fans of two rooms at Neelkanth Apartment in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar area, police said.
Sources said they left separate suicide notes, details of which were awaited.
Deputy commissioner of police (East) Rishi Bal refused to confirm if the suicides were related to the arrest of Bansal. “We are still trying to confirm that,” he said.
Bansal was arrested by the CBI on Saturday for allegedly accepting a bribe Rs 9 lakh from representatives of a Mumbai firm to not order an investigation into allegations that it has duped 24,000 investors of Rs 176 crore.
“Earlier in July, Bansal had accepted Rs 11 lakh from the firm’s middleman as the first installment of the total of Rs 20 lakh he sought as bribe for favouring the firm,” said a source.
The agency had arrested Bansal, the alleged middleman Vishwadeep Bansal, along with two other people in the case. Bansal, a senior officer of the Indian Corporate Law Service, was promoted to the post of director general last year.
Anuj Saxena, a popular television actor, is the chief operating officer of the firm, Elder Pharmaceuticals’.
A source said: “Saxena had sought the assistance of a Delhi-based middleman, who is the firm’s distributor in Delhi, to get in touch with Bansal.”
The firm had allegedly floated a fixed deposit investment scheme, offering lucrative interest rates that ranged from 9.5% to 11.5% for up to three years.
“Over 1,000 of the investors complained to the ministry of corporate affairs that the firm had duped them since it had returned neither the principal amount nor paid back the interest,” said a source.
Being the senior-most officer in the Corporate Law Service of India, Bansal was the authority that gave technical advice to the government on such issues and had, therefore, received the ministry probe’s inspection report. But he did not act on its recommendations, the source said.