Kanda gets interim bail to attend Assembly session

Kanda was granted interim bail for 30 days on condition that he furnish a certificate showing his attendance in House

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 8, 2014 2:52 pm

Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda,accused in the air hostess suicide case,was granted interim bail for 30 days after having spent over a year in jail. Additional Sessions Judge M C Gupta granted interim bail to Kanda till October 4 to attend the Haryana Assembly session on condition that he furnish a certificate showing his attendance. Kanda is the sitting MLA from Sirsa.

The court said it had taken into consideration “all facts and circumstances and that the applicant (Kanda) is the MLA and it being the last session of Vidhan Sabha of Haryana whose term is going to expire in the near future,his attendance in the Vidhan Sabha is required to prepare and put important questions regarding the development of his constituency and to prepare and seek queries regarding the fund allocation and its utilisation for his constituency.”

The interim bail was granted on a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh and two sureties of the same amount. The court also directed that on the date of his surrender in court,Kanda will need to file a certificate showing his attendance during the session in Vidhan Sabha,Haryana issued by a competent Vidhan Sabha Authority. Kanda has been directed to surrender in court on October 4 by 10am.

Kanda’s counsel Kapil Sankhla argued that the 47-year-old needed to “look after the needs of his constituency” while adding that there has been no indication that he has been disqualified as a member of the Haryana Assembly. The court took note of an application received by Kanda from the law officer of the secretary,Haryana Assembly to participate in the session and summons from the Haryana government.

The prosecution had opposed Kanda’s plea for interim bail while arguing that there was ‘reasonable apprehension of his tampering with evidence’. While releasing him,the court noted,“he shall not tamper with evidence or flee from justice or leave the country without permission of this court.”

Kanda had surrendered on August 18 last year and the trial of the case began later on May 27. Aruna Chadha,co-accused in the case,also got interim bail on September 2.

She was arrested on August 8.

Both of them are charged with abetting the suicide of 23-year-old air hostess who was earlier employed by Kanda in the now-defunct MDLR airlines. She committed suicide on August 5 and in her suicide note had named both Chadha and Kanda. Later,in February this year,Her mother also committed suicide in the same west Delhi apartment where her daughter had killed herself. She too,in a letter,blamed the two for her suicide.

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