Police opposes bail to Kanda in Geetika suicide case

kanda-mainSeeking cancellation of the bail granted to Gopal Goyal Kanda in the air-hostess suicide case, the Delhi Police on Monday informed the Delhi High Court that me-dical documents submitted before the trial court regarding health of the former Haryana minister’s wife were “dubious”.

Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the Delhi Police, told Justice V P Vaish that the verification of the medical records of the OPD of DDU Hospital had revealed the name on the records was not that of Kanda’s wife Saraswati Devi, but a woman named Meera Devi.

Luthra argued the bail had “seriously prejudiced” the trial as the lower court had granted relief to Kanda even though there was “no change in circumstances”. “There are serious apprehensions of tampering of evidence,” argued Luthra, adding the period in custody had not been extremely long. “Cases based on documentary evidence are different. When it comes to a case where loss of life is involved, the period of custody should be looked at differently,” he said.

(Source: PTI)

 

 

Geetika suicide case: Kanda’s aide records statement

Gopal Kanda’s (Former Haryana minister) aide, who was being interrogated by the Delhi police in the ex-air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, recorded his statement before a court after he expressed his wish to be a witness in the case in New Delhi.
Kanda’s firm MDLR employee Chanshivroop recorded his statement before a magisterial court a day after he made a plea to it to depose as a witness in the case.

The Delhi Police had told Chanshivroop, an assistant manager in MDLR, was the person who had gone to Dubai where Geetika was working with Emirates Airlines and told its officials that she had secured a job with MDLR on the basis of fake and forged documents.

The prosecution had also alleged that he had sent fake e-mails to Geetika informing her about extradition proceedings against her in Dubai to pressurise her to join back MDLR.

Chanshivroop gave his statement under the provisions of section 164 of the CrPC for recording of confessions and statements a day after he was allowed by additional chief metropolitan magistrate DK Jangala to appear before a magisterial court for the same.

He had moved the court saying he wishes to depose as a witness in the case. The police had said it has no objections to him deposing as witness.

In its charge sheet filed against Kanda and co-accused Aruna Chaddha on October 6, police had said it will file a supplementary charge sheet as it is still ascertaining the role of Chanshivroop, who, it said, had sent the forged e-mail to Geetika about the alleged extradition proceedings against her in Dubai and also kept a tab on her in the gulf country.

Both Kanda and Chaddah have been accused of abetting the suicide of former air hostess Geetika Sharma.

Geetika was found dead on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note, the 23-year-old victim had said she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and Chaddah.

The Delhi police has chargesheeted the duo for allegedly committing offences under section 306 (abetment of suicide), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201 (destruction of evidence), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery with intention to cheat), 469 (forgery with intention to harm reputation) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code.

They have also been booked under section 66 of the Information Technology Act which deals with hacking of computers.

Geetika suicide case: Custody of Kanda, Chaddha extended

A Delhi court Tuesday extended the judicial custody of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha till Oct 12. The duo is accused of abetting the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma.

While extending their custody, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D.K. Jangala listed the matter for scrutiny of the charge-sheet till Oct 12.

Police filed the charge-sheet Oct 6.

The court order came after Kanda’s counsel said that the scrutiny of the charge-sheet could not be done due to paucity of time.

Chaddha is a former official of Kanda’s now-defunct MDLR Airlines where Geetika had worked.

Kanda was forced to resign as minister of state for home and urban local bodies in Haryana following Geetika’s suicide. He was arrested Aug 18.

Geetika, 23, died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area. Her two suicide notes named Kanda and Chaddha for harassing her and driving her to suicide.

Both Kanda and Chaddha have denied the allegations.

After Kanda’s airlines ceased to function in 2009, Geetika was given another assignment in the group owned by him.

Kanda, Chaddha to be in judicial custody till Oct 6

A Delhi court Tuesday extended till Oct 6 the judicial custody of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha, accused of abetting the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma.

Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Dabas extended the judicial custody of Kanda and Chaddha, a former official of Kanda’s now-defunct MDLR Airlines where Geetika had worked, in a proceeding conducted via video conferencing.

“Accused be remanded in judicial custody till Oct 6,” the court said.

The court has directed police to produce the accused on the next date of hearing before the court hearing the matter.

Kanda was forced to resign as minister of state for home and urban local bodies in Haryana in the face of public outcry over Geetika’s suicide. He was arrested Aug 18.

Geetika, 23, died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area. Her two suicide notes named Kanda and Chaddha for harassing her and driving her to suicide.

Both have denied the allegations.

After Kanda’s airlines ceased to function in 2009, Geetika was given another assignment in the group owned by him.

Geetika suicide case: Gopal Kanda denied bail

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.