Hearing on Aruna Chaddha’s bail plea deferred

A Delhi court has deferred till Friday the hearing on the bail plea of Aruna Chaddha, an accused in former flight attendant Geetika Sharma’s suicide case.

District Judge S.K. Sarvaria Wednesday put off the hearing after public prosecutor failed to appear in the court.

Chaddha was an official of the now-defunct MDLR Airlines where Geetika too worked.

She was arrested Aug 8 and the court last week extended her judicial custody till Sep 11.

Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, employer of Chaddha and Geetika, is the prime accused in the case. He is in judicial custody.

Geetika, 23, accused Kanda and Chaddha of harassing her and forcing her to commit suicide. She died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in New Delhi. Both Kanda and Chaddha have denied the allegations.

Charges of criminal intimidation and abetment to suicide were slapped on Kanda and Chaddha over the suicide.

Court reserves order on Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea

The Delhi High Court Tuesday reserved its order on the anticipatory bail plea of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, wanted in connection with the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma.

Justice P.K. Bhasin reserved the order after counsel appearing for Kanda and Delhi Police concluded their arguments.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sidharth Luthra, appearing for police, sought Kanda’s custodial interrogation to find out the conspiracy between him and co-accused Aruna Chaddha, senior executive in Kanda’s group now under arrest.

Senior advocate K.T.S. Tusli, who represented Kanda, sought anticipatory bail for him and said suicide notes left behind by Geetika could not be taken as gospel truth.

“Suicide letters are written in anger and so any allegations can be levelled out of anger,” he said.

Luthra said Kanda’s questioning was needed to access his computers and laptops which were missingfrom his office.

Opposing Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea, the ASG said: “The conduct of not joining the investigation, removal of all electronic items, including his laptop and his computers from office, is a case for refusal of anticipatory bail.”

“We have a problem in investigation. When we went to Kanda’s office, there were no computers,” police counsel told the court.

The ASG urged the court to dismiss the anticipatory bail plea of Kanda as he had been absconding despite a notice served upon him to join the investigation.

He said that the investigation was at a preliminary stage and custodial interrogation was necessary.

Seeking anticipatory bail for Kanda, Tulsi said that some other evidence was required to hold Kanda responsible for Geetika’s suicide.

“I may be fond of her, she may be fond of me but that does not mean I incite her to commit suicide,” Kanda’s counsel said.

“The reasons given by the trial court while dismissing anticipatory bail were that there was misuse of power by me, I have given preferential treatment to Geetika and I exploited her, but these are not offences under offence of abetment for commission of suicide,” Tulsi said.

Geetika, who worked in Kanda’s group, was found hanging from the ceiling of her house here on the night of Aug 4-5.

She left behind two suicide notes, blaming Kanda and Chaddha for her suicide.

Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea was dismissed Aug 9 by a sessions court that said allegations against him were grave and serious and his bail plea had no merit.

The former Haryana minister was booked for abetment to Geetika’s suicide and criminal intimidation. He is yet to appear before Delhi Police for questioning.

Kanda moves Delhi High Court for anticipatory bail

Absconding former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, wanted in connection with the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma, Monday moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

The matter will come up for hearing Tuesday.

On Aug 9, Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea was dismissed by a sessions court that said allegations against him were grave and serious in nature and that his application was without merit.

Kanda, who owned the MDLR Airlines where the 23-year-old Geetika was earlier employed, was booked for abetment to her suicide and criminal intimidation.

Kanda, former minister of state for home in Haryana, has been on the run since.

Geetika hanged herself in her north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar house Aug 5 and left behind a suicide note, blaming Kanda for her extreme step. Her autopsy report Friday confirmed there was no foul play.

Geetika suicide: Chaddha sent to two day’s police custody

A Delhi court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda – accused of abetting 23-year-old former airhostess Geetika Sharma’s suicide – saying the charges against him were serious in nature.

The Delhi Police have also issued a lookout notice against him.

Kanda’s bail plea was rejected shortly after the court sent co-accused Aruna Chadha, arrested on Wednesday, to two days police custody.

“The allegations against Kanda are grave and serious in nature. There are allegations of calls being made from other phone and SMSes have been sent to her. All this is required to be investigated thoroughly,” said additional sessions judge Rajnish Bhatnagar.

The court further observed that as the probe is at an initial stage, the release of Kanda would hamper the investigation.

“Keeping in view the facts and circumstances…, the bail application lacks merit and is hereby dismissed,” the judge said in the 10-page order.

A former air hostess with Kanda’s now defunct MDLR airline, Geetika allegedly committed suicide on Sunday accusing Kanda and MDLR official Aruna Chadha of harassing her. On Aruna’s custody, the court said, “Aruna is required for sustained interrogation.”

Earlier during the hearing, Kanda’s counsel KTS Tulsi said Geetika was a hypersensitive girl with mixed emotions of love and hatred towards him and that she might have felt jilted.

“Nowhere has Geetika said in her note that Kanda instigated her to commit suicide. The suicide note shows she had a disturbed state of mind,” he argued before the court.

Additional public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said Kanda and Aruna had been pressurising Geetika to come back to MDLR even when she went to join Emirates.

Geetika’s family said Kanda was disrespecting law of the country. “He knows he is guilty and that is why he is absconding,” Ankit, brother of Geetika, said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday issued a notice to Kanda on a petition seeking registration of a case against him for allegedly threatening and assaulting some INLD workers in 2010.

Fresh raid at Kanda’s residence

Delhi Police carried out fresh raids at the residence of absconding former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda, who is wanted in air hostess Geetika Sharma’s suicide case.

A police party headed by ACP Shailender Singh entered the former minister’s Rania Road house around 10:30 PM last night, officials said today.

This is the second such raid within 24 hours at the sprawling mansion of Kanda.

As the team that carried out the raid on Wednesday night was an all-male contingent and might have faced difficulty in questioning the women present in the Kanda residence, a woman constable was also part of the raiding party last night.

The police team remained inside the premises for almost 20 minutes.

The ACP leading the team told reporters waiting outside that the raid was a part of the ongoing investigations.

Official sources said Delhi Police personnel were also keeping a close watch on the movement of Kanda’s aides here.

Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea to avoid arrest in the case was yesterday rejected by a Delhi court which said the charges against him were serious and that he may hamper the probe.

Kanda, who is accused of abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation, has refused to appear for questioning before the Delhi Police.

“The allegations against Kanda are grave and serious in nature. There are allegations of calls being made from other phone and SMSs have been sent to her and all this is required to be investigated thoroughly,” Additional Sessions Judge Rajnish Bhatnagar had said.

Geetika (23), a former air hostess with Kanda’s now defunct MDLR airline, was found hanging in her flat in north west Delhi on Sunday.

In a suicide note found at her residence, Geetika said she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and MDLR official Aruna. Both Kanda and Aruna have denied the allegations.

Kanda, an Independent MLA who held Home, Urban Bodies and Industry and Commerce portfolios, resigned the following day.