B K Bansal ‘harassment’ case: Will fix responsibility after getting probe report, says CBI chief

Bansal was allegedly caught taking a bribe of Rs 9 lakh by the CBI on July 16 from a pharmaceutical company for not recommending investigation against it.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2016 3:32 am
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A CBI fact-finding team will soon submit its report to Director Anil Sinha on whether officers, who investigated the case against deceased bureaucrat B K Bansal, were guilty of harassment as alleged in Bansal’s suicide note, agency officers said on Thursday.

Sinha said, “I have said before that the deaths are very unfortunate and we have already ordered a probe. If there have been any lapses, we will fix responsibility. Let the inquiry report be submitted. I cannot say anything more.”

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Bansal, a Director General in the Corporate Affairs Ministry, was allegedly caught taking a bribe of Rs 9 lakh by the CBI on July 16 from a pharmaceutical company for not recommending investigation against it. The bureaucrat and his son Yogesh committed suicide on September 27, two months after his wife Satyabala, 58, and daughter Neha, 28, killed themselves on July 19.

Sinha was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 17th D P Kohli Memorial at Manekshaw Centre. This year, the lecture was delivered by Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bob Paulson, on ‘Law Enforcement in 21st Century’.

According to sources, during talks between Sinha and Paulson, the CBI sought questioning of Nazeer Karigar, a Canadian national and a suspect in a case of alleged pay-off to the aide of a minister in the UPA government in a $100-million Air India contract in 2007. Sources said CBI is seeking examination of Karigar which has not happened even three years after a letter rogatory was sent to Canada.

Karigar and unknown AI officials had allegedly conspired in the matter of floating tender for procurement of bio-metric passenger identification system for airports by favouring a company, CrypoMetrics, during 2005-07. Though the contract was scrapped, CBI sources said Karigar has to be questioned to get to the truth.

Sources added that execution of a letter rogatory seeking examination of a witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case allegedly involving Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was also discussed.