Police on Wednesday questioned a close aide of Gopal Goyal Kanda,whose cellphones were allegedly used by the absconding Haryana politician to call former MDLR Airlines airhostess Geetika Sharma.
The call records of Geetika,who committed suicide on Sunday leaving behind a note accusing Kanda of ruining here,led police to three mobile phone numbers registered in the name of Mandeep Singh,an executive of Kandas now defunct MDLR Airlines.
Mandeep,sources in Haryana said,is among Kandas most trusted men. He is the son of a truck driver,has a small house in Namdhari locality in Kandas political base Sirsa,and started out being Kandas driver in Sirsa. He has been working at MDLRs office in Gurgaon for the past 10 years.
Mandeeps cousin Meera and father Randhir Singh have reached Delhi,sources said. Mandeeps two younger sisters are at his home in Sirsa. An Intelligence Bureau team too questioned Mandeeps parents,relatives and friends this evening,the sources said.
Delhi Police sources said Mandeep would likely not be booked,and could be made a witness in the case. We have only questioned him,we did not detain him, said an officer.
Police also questioned MDLRs legal manager Ankit Ahluwalia on Wednesday. Ankit Ahluwalia had allegedly prepared the papers through which the deceased was being harassed. They were asked to get the documents but they failed to do so. They have denied they harassed the deceased,but it appears she was blackmailed, an officer said.
Earlier on Wednesday,Kanda had sought three days time to appear before investigators,a request that police rejected. Kanda reportedly told police that he needed time to collect all documents connected to Geetikas employment with MDLR.
At around 3 pm,a Ford Endeavour SUV with a man who some eyewitnesses claimed resembled Kanda stopped outside Keshav Puram police station where a large group of reporters had gathered in anticipation of the former ministers arrival. No one came out,however,and the vehicle sped off almost immediately.
Police questioned Kandas aide and co-accused Aruna Chadha all day before arresting her in the evening. Sources said Chadha,who was accompanied by her counsel,gave no conclusive answers to investigators questions.