Gopal Kanda remains at large,police find SMSes sent to Geetika

Police sources said files had been deleted from the hard disk drive of computers recovered from the MDLR office.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2012 9:52 pm

Evading police summons in the case relating to the suicide of former MDLR air hostess Geetika Sharma,group chief and former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda remained at large while her family expressed fears that key evidence would be tampered with if he was not taken into custody immediately.

Police sources said files had been deleted from the hard disk drive of computers recovered from the MDLR office. Mobile phone records,the sources said,indicated that 100 text messages sent to Geetika were most likely from him.

Kanda’s plea for anticipatory bail was dismissed today by a Delhi court which said the “allegation against him was grave and serious in nature”. The court observed “there are allegations of calls being made from other phones and SMS being sent to the deceased,all these require to be investigated thoroughly.”

MDLR employee Aruna Chadha,who along with Kanda was accused by Geetika of harassing her mentally,was sent to police custody for two days. The prosecution had sought  her custody saying “detailed interrogation” of Chadha was necessary to trace Kanda.

Police sources said mobile phone surveillance revealed that Kanda’s phone was switched on until 5 pm Wednesday,that he was in Delhi and Gurgaon till then. But his phone was later switched off. Two police teams have  been sent to West Bengal where Kanda’s in-laws live.

“Aruna Chadha is not cooperating. There are some travel bills,some relating to travel expenditure and hotel stays,which it appears were being used to harass Geetika. A month ago,Chadha had asked some of her employees to dig out expenditure details,” a police officer said.

“Papers had been prepared to show that Geetika had taken loans from the company. She was also made one of the owners of an international school. It appears that after Geetika left the company,she was made to return after being told that she owed huge sums of money. The authenticity of the papers will have to be verified. Geetika’s laptop also has some crucial evidence relating to these papers. We are gathering evidence,” the officer said.

DCP (North West) P Karunakaran said the search for Kanda was on. Meanwhile,the MDLR chief’s advocate KTS Tulsi told the court that the allegation that Kanda instigated Geetika to commit suicide was “completely baseless” since there was no record of him having been in contact with her soon before her death.

Tulsi said a reading of the suicide note indicated that that Geetika was “sensitive and depressed in a manner that even her mother did not know that she had any intention of committing suicide”.

Pointing out that Geetika visited her brother in Mumbai a day before she committed suicide,Tulsi argued that there was nothing in her conduct to indicate that she was contemplating suicide.

Countering the allegation made by her mother that Geetika had “been asked to sign some papers”,Tulsi said this merely referred to the company’s demand for her resignation. “She had not attended work for a long time,without actually having resigned. Where is the harassment involved in asking for a proper resignation?” he asked.

Elsewhere,more trouble brewed for Kanda. The Supreme Court today sought his reply on a petition seeking his prosecution for allegedly assaulting some INLD workers in 2010. The bench of Justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to Kanda and his brother Govind Kanda on INLD activist Pradeep Kumar’s plea for his prosecution.

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