TV actor Anuj Saxena was today directed to surrender before CBI within two days by a special court in a graft case, in which co-accused and senior bureaucrat B K Bansal allegedly committed suicide recently.
Special CBI Judge Gurdeep Singh denied anticipatory bail to Saxena, the Chief Operating Officer of Elder Pharmaceuticals, while dismissing his contention that if arrested by CBI, he will meet the same fate as Bansal, who and his entire family committed suicide. Bansal was Director General in the Corporate Affairs Ministry.
In his anticipatory bail plea, Saxena’s counsel claimed, “If I (Saxena) am in custody, my condition will be same as of Bansal. Please grant me protection from arrest. I will cooperate in the investigation.”
At this, the court said, “There are other persons also in custody in this case. Has everyone committed suicide? Everyone’s case differ from person to person. CBI will take care of this.”
During the proceedings, CBI opposed Saxena’s plea seeking the relief, saying his custodial interrogation was required.
“Let him surrender first,” public prosecutor K P Singh said, adding that allegations against the actor were serious.
According to the CBI, Saxena had played a direct role in bribing Bansal to ensure that he does not order an SFIO inspection against his company on charges of illegal collection of Rs 175 crore from 24,000 investors, diversion of funds to companies abroad and not filing returns on time.
Saxena, known for roles in soaps “Kkusum” and “Kumkum”, had sought the relief saying he did not have any direct link with the case and there was only a disclosure statement of a co-accused.
Bansal, who was out on bail, had hung himself along with his son at their residence on the intervening night of September 26-27 with a purported suicide note claiming “harassment” by CBI. The incident occurred nearly two months after his wife and daughter committed suicide after a CBI raid at their residence.
His suicide note had also mentioned the BJP president Amit Shah alleging that the CBI officer Sanjeev Gautam had threatened him of his connection with Shah.