17/02/2017 5:46 PM IST | Updated 17/02/2017 5:54 PM IST

TV Actor Anuj Saxena Sent To Police Custody For Three Days In Graft Case

CBI has alleged that Saxena had played a direct role in bribing BK Bansal.

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NEW DELHI -- TV actor Anuj Saxena was on Friday sent to three-day CBI custody by a special court in connection with a graft case, in which co-accused and senior bureaucrat B K Bansal and his entire family committed suicide last year.

Saxena, who was asked by the Delhi High Court to surrender by 17 February, was sent to CBI custody after he made himself available before Special Judge Gurdeep Singh.

The accused was sent to custody after the probe agency said he was required for custodial interrogation for a thorough investigation.

The high court had on 13 February issued the direction after Saxena's lawyer decided to withdraw the anticipatory bail plea moved by him, when the court said it was "not inclined to grant the relief" as the accused appeared to be the "ultimate beneficiary".

CBI has alleged that 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 ₹175 crore from 24,000 investors, diversion of funds to companies abroad and not filing returns on time.

Bansal, who was out on bail, allegedly hung himself along with his son at their residence on the intervening night of 26-27 September, 2016, with a purported suicide note claiming "harassment" by CBI.

Bansal was arrested by CBI on 16 July, 2016, for allegedly accepting bribe from the pharmaceutical company.

Three days later, his wife Satyabala (58) and daughter Neha (28) allegedly hung themselves from ceiling fans at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in East Delhi's Madhu Vihar.

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