Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda was on Thursday denied bail in the Geetika Sharma suicide case by a Delhi court which said further probe was needed in view of a police report that the victim was pregnant in March this year.
The court said there was need to investigate whether there was any connection between the pregnancy and the alleged pressure by Kanda on Geetika to join his company.
“In the police file, there is report of a private gynaecologist which shows applicant/accused and victim had visited the clinic on March 9, 2012 and the victim woman was pregnant. This may be one of the cause for her first suicide note dated May 4,” District and Additional Sessions Judge SK Sarvaria said.
Taking note of the report of the gynaecologist, the court said, “it may be one of the causes for her to think about suicide and write a suicide note on May 4 but somehow she changed her mind. However, pressure tactics of accused allegedly continued and she was telephonically contacted to join duty,” the court noted.
It also said, “The postmortem report collected during investigation by the IO shows one strange thing that the deceased/victim woman was habituated to sexual intercourse, therefore, the matter requires investigation whether the victim declined to join the services with the accused or was being pressurized to join it for the purpose of her sexual abuse or not.
The judge noted that “the present case shows direct allegation against Kanda and Aruna Chadha (his employee and co-accused) who were pressurizing the victim woman again and again right from 2010 when she resigned from the job and joined Emirates Airlines in Dubai…”
“There are allegations of continuous exerting pressure upon the victim to join the company of accused Gopal Goyal. The two suicide notes dated August 4 and May 4 prima facie show that victim on account of pressure from Kanda and Chadha wanted to commit suicide.”
Earlier, Kanda’s counsel Ramesh Gupta had contended that there was no evidence that Geetika was pregnant with Kanda’s child.
He argued that “the police has been saying Kanda was in touch with Geetika telephonically but it has failed to show if there was any physical contact between them.”
Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan had vehemently opposed Kanda’s bail saying he is an influential person and is a sitting Haryana MLA and can tamper with evidence and influence public witness if released on bail.
Kanda was arrested on August 18 after he had surrendered before the police, 13 days after Geetika was found dead in her Ashok Vihar house in North West Delhi.
He was then remanded in judicial custody on August 28.
Earlier, his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the trial court and the Delhi High Court, following which he surrendered before the police.
In her August 4 suicide note, 23-year-old Geetika said she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and Chadha.
The court had also rejected Chadha’s bail on September 7 saying the probe is at an initial stage. She today moved an appeal in the Delhi High Court.
She has sought bail on the ground that she is a single-parent and has a seven-year-old daughter and old parents to look after.
The appeal will come up tomorrow before Justice Manmohan.