Airhostess case: Notice to police on plea to cancel Kanda’s bail

Airhostess caseThe Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to police on a plea of former air hostess Geetika Sharma’s brother seeking cancellation of bail to former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, who was in jail for the past 18 months after being accused of abetting her suicide.

Justice V.P. Vaish sought Delhi Police’s reply by April 17.

Approaching the high court, Sharma’s brother contended that Kanda is an influential person and while on bail, will try to tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses.

Asking the court to cancel the bail given to Kanda, he said that the trial court has not taken into consideration all the aspects while granting him bail.

The trial court March 4 allowed the bail application of Kanda while observing that he was in judicial custody since August 2012.

The high court had earlier dropped the charge of sexual exploitation against him.

Kanda and his aide Aruna Chadha are accused of abetting the Aug 4-5, 2012, suicide of a 23-year-old former air hostess who left behind a note accusing the duo of harassing her.

Chadha and Kanda have been charged with abetting suicide, criminal conspiracy, forgery and hacking computers and sending offensive or false messages.

The Delhi High Court Feb 10 had granted regular bail to Chadha.

(Source:IANS)

Court extends JC of Kanda, Chaddha through video conference

A Delhi court today extended the judicial custody of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and that of his aide Aruna Chaddha in the Geetika Sharma suicide case by 14 days, conducting its proceedings through video conferencing.

Metropolitan Magistrate Bhupinder Singh remanded Kanda and Chaddha to judicial custody till September 25 after the Delhi police said investigation in the case was still on.

The duo were not brought to the court physically from Rohini Jail after expiry of their judicial custody today.

“Accused (Kanda and Chaddha) produced through electronic video linkage (EVL). Heard. Accused be remanded in judicial custody till 25,” Metropolitan Magistrate Bhupinder Singh said.

The court had earlier allowed the Delhi police’s plea for conducting proceedings through video conferencing as, the police said, a huge crowd gathers in court premises when the two accused are produced there.

The police had said that due to media hype and the crowd of onlookers and supporters of the accused, they did not want to bring them to court physically.

In future proceedings also, Kanda and Chaddha would be produced before the judge through video conferencing.

Kanda was arrested on August 18 after he had surrendered before the police, 13 days after former air hostess Geetika Sharma was found dead on August 5 in her Ashok Vihar house in North West Delhi.

Chaddha was arrested on August 8 after she was called for questioning by the police for her alleged role in the case.

In her suicide note, Geetika had alleged that Kanda and one of the MDLR employees, Chaddha, were harassing her to rejoin the former minister’s firm after she left the job.

In her August 4 suicide note, 23-year-old Geetika had said she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and Chaddha. Both Kanda and Chaddha have been accused of abetting Geetika’s suicide.