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Bureaucrat held in graft case: CBI opposes Bansal’s bail, court to pronounce order today

Opposing the bail plea, the lawyer for the CBI said Bansal was a senior officer and could tamper with evidence.

Director General Corporate Affairs B K Bansal, who was arrested on charges of bribery, told the court that there was no way he could tamper with evidence or influence witnesses if granted bail. Bansal was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe from a pharmaceutical company on July 16.

Opposing the bail plea, the lawyer for the CBI said Bansal was a senior officer and could tamper with evidence. The court will pronounce the order Tuesday. The court had extended his interim bail twice after his wife and daughter committed suicide on July 19.

Bansal’s lawyer contended that ever since the case surfaced, his client had lost everything. He argued before Special CBI judge Gurdeep Singh that Bansal had lost his wife and daughter and now faced an imminent punishment of suspension. Therefore, the lawyer said, the investigating agency should not have the apprehension that he would interfere with the probe.

“While I was in custody, I was admitted in hospital. Then when my interim bail was extended, I attended the last rites of my wife and daughter. I have a case against me and I am facing suspension. The only time I may come in contact with my office is when I have to go there to sign for my pension after suspension. I will not get in touch with any of the witnesses,” said Bansal through his lawyer.

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When the arguments began, the lawyer pointed out that 43 days had passed since Bansal’s arrest and initial investigation must have concluded. “All documents are in their (CBI) custody so there is no need to keep me in custody… There should be a serious purpose to keep me inside,” said the lawyer on Bansal’s behalf. Bansal also told the court that he will join the investigation whenever required.

First published on: 30-08-2016 at 04:59 IST
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