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Bansal suicides: Year on, bureaucrat’s properties unclaimed, case still open

BK Bansal, a senior bureaucrat, was found hanging with his son, Yogesh, on September 27, 2016. Bansal’s wife and daughter too had committed suicide within days of his arrest by the CBI in July last year. The case is still pending investigation.

delhi Updated: Sep 27, 2017 14:02 IST
Prawesh Lama
Prawesh Lama
Hindustan Times
BK Bansal owned two flats in Madhu Vihar, in one of which he lived with his wife and two children.
BK Bansal owned two flats in Madhu Vihar, in one of which he lived with his wife and two children.(HT FILE)

The properties owned by senior bureaucrat BK Bansal, who committed suicide last year after he was arrested on charges of corruption, are locked and deserted and his relatives say they have not been contacted by Delhi Police.

Bansal owned two flats in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar and lived in one of them with his wife and two children. The two scooters and the car they owned are still parked where they were left since September 27, 2016, when Bansal and his 25-year-old son, Yogesh, committed suicide.

“We do not allow anyone to touch the scooter or the car. No one has come to claim it,” a security guard said.

Bansal’s wife Satyabala, 57, and daughter Neha, 27, had killed themselves in the same flat in July 2016 after he was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of accepting a bribe from a pharmaceutical company. The case is still pending investigation.

According to Bansal’s annual property return submitted to the ministry of corporate affairs, he also owned a flat in Dwarka.

Bansal suicide: Copies of note found at residence blames CBI for ‘torture’

When Hindustan Times visited the flat in Prerna Co-operative Housing society in Sector 10 of Dwarka, it was locked. The security guard said no one had lived in the flat since it was built around 15 years ago.

“Nobody has come to take possession of the flat. We did not even know it belonged to a man who is now dead,” the guard told HT.

In his suicide note, Bansal mentioned the names of four CBI officers, whom he accused of torturing his wife and daughter forcing them to commit suicide.

There is very little progress in the cases, sources in the Delhi Police said, and none of the officers named in the suicide notes has been questioned even after a year since the investigation began into the deaths.

“The whole family is gone. The remaining members of their family stay in Hisar. It is not easy for them to come to Delhi and pursue the case. Practically speaking, is it even worth the effort because all the four are dead now,” a city lawyer, whom Bansal approached after his arrest, told HT.

Bansal’s relatives at his ancestral home in Hisar compare his case with that of Haryana politician Gopal Kanda, who was arrested because he was named in a similar suicide note.

Read: Suicide was the only option left with Bansals, says domestic help

While they refused to take the names of the CBI officers named in the note, which was purportedly written by Bansal before his death, they said police have not even questioned anybody in the case as it involves “powerful people”.

“It will be a year on September 27 since they died. The whole family is gone but the Delhi Police have not even bothered to call us. We have not heard from anyone in the last one year,” said Vinod, son of Bansal’s elder brother Pawan.

On Tuesday, more than three weeks after the meeting, Vinod called Hindustan Times.

“Did you meet the police? What did they say?” he asked hoping for some development in the case that has not moved an inch since last year


A family tragedy
The entire family of BK Bansal, a former bureaucrat, was finished following his arrest in an alleged corruption case. An year on, investigators are yet to work out the case.
The Madhu Vihar house where BK Bansal and his family committed suicide. (Right) Bansal’s photo in his brother’s shop in Hisar. (Photo: Mohd Zakir and Burhaan Kinu)
  • July 16 BK Bansal, a former director general in the ministry of corporate affairs was arrested by the CBI for allegedly taking bribe to scuttle probe against a Mumbai -based pharmaceutical company
  • July 19 CBI raided Bansal’s house in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar again when his wife, Satyabala, 57, and daughter, Neha, 27, were at home
  • July 22 Bansal’s wife and daughter were found hanging inside their house. A domestic help found the bodies in the house
  • September 26 Bansal and his son, Yogesh, purportedly wrote two suicide notes, detailing the alleged torture and threats by the CBI officers. In the note, Bansal alleged a CBI officer of boasting about his links with a senior politician
  • September 27 BK Bansal and his son Yogesh were found hanging in their house, two months after the suicides by Satyabala and Neha
  • September 28 The two suicide notes, purpotedly written by Bansal and his son, were delivered at media houses across the city. In the note, Bansal accused four officers and an unidentified constable of beating, torturing his wife and threatening to wipe out their family. Yogesh too blamed the CBI for the family’s misery and also accused a neighbour of mocking them

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 10:35 IST