The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre on a petition seeking an independent investigation into the suicide of former Director-General of Corporate Affairs BK Bansal. The top court has sought a reply within four weeks, ANI reported.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud were hearing a petition filed by former bureaucrat EAS Sarma, who requested a court-monitored probe since there were allegations against the Central Bureau of Investigation, PTI reported.

Bansal was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in July 2016 while taking a bribe. Within a week, his wife and daughter were found hanging in their East Delhi home. Two months later, Bansal committed suicide, along with his son, while out on bail.

In his suicide note, Bansal had alleged that a deputy inspector-general of the CBI along with two women officers and a constable had tortured his wife and daughter during investigation. His son, in his own suicide note, accused another CBI officer of “mentally and physically” torturing him.

In November 2017, the Supreme Court had asked the CBI why the wife and daughter of an arrested bureaucrat committed suicide soon after the agency raided their home in Delhi.