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.

Kanda moves high court for bail

Former Haryana minister and prime accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, Gopal Kanda, who is on the run moved the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking anticipatory bail. This move came four days after a lower court dismissed Kanda’s bail application, terming allegations against him as

Claiming that he had nothing to do with the suicide, Kanda alleged that Geetika’s suicide on August 5 was “not the handy work of a sound mind but that of a confused and frustrated individual”.

Meanwhile, a lower court in Delhi extended the police custody of Aruna Chaddha, co-accused in the suicide case, by three days and allowed police to quiz her till August 16.

“There is nothing in the FIR or the suicide note saying that the applicant ever goaded, urged, prompted, incited or encouraged the deceased to commit suicide. The deceased was victim of her own inability to deal with the normal wear and tear of life and ordinary petulance, tensions and ups and downs of one’s existence,” said Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea, filed through senior lawyer KTS Tulsi.

Kanda contended that the deceased was a person of hypersensitive nature who was unable to deal with the ordinary petulance or strike a balance between her personal life and work ethics.

Kanda owns MDLR Airlines, where 23-year-old Sharma was earlier employed.

Kanda said that he was willing to abide by all conditions imposed by the high court if granted bail.

“I am ready to join investigation as and when required by the investigating agency,” said the application.

Dismissing his bail plea, additional sessions judge Rajnish Bhatnagar had, on August 10, said  “allegations against Kanda are grave and serious in nature, there are allegations of calls being made from other phones and SMSes have been sent to her… all this is required to be investigated thoroughly. The investigation is at a very initial stage and release of accused (Kanda) would hamper the investigation”.

The former minister said that suicide notes were inadmissible under section 10 of the Indian Evidence Act

 

By PTI

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 Sharma suicide case: Kanda moves bail plea

Former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda, an accused in former air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, today moved a bail application before a Delhi court.

The bail plea will come up for hearing tomorrow before District and Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria.

The sitting Haryana MLA 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 after the Delhi Police said he was not required for further custodial interrogation.

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 suicide note, Geetika had alleged Kanda and Aruna Chaddha, an MDLR empployee, 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 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.

However, Kanda has been reiterating before the court that no case of abeting suicide is made out against him and that Geetika was “hypersensitive” and the extreme act on her part was that of a “confused and frustrated individual”.

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.