The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a plea by Aruna Chadha,who was an employee of MDLR Airlines,a firm owned by former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda,against the charges of abetment to rape and unnatural sex framed against her by a city court in the airhostess suicide case. Kanda is the main accused in the case.
The court of District Judge SK Sarvaria had on May 10 framed charges of abetment to suicide,rape,unnatural sex and other offences against Kanda and Chadha in the case of the suicide of the 24-year-old airhostess,who,according to police,had committed suicide due to pressure and sexual harassment by Kanda and his employee Chadha.
The High Court bench of Justice GP Mittal reserved its order after lengthy arguments from the prosecution and the defence lawyers. The High Court has also reserved its order on a separate plea by the police to delete certain remarks made by the District Judge regarding the conduct of the investigation. The district court had pulled up the police for its tainted and stinking investigation,observing that Kanda was a powerful politician.
Although the name of the victim was earlier published in media reports,it is no longer permissible since Kanda has been charged with rape. The woman,who was found dead in her Ashok Vihar apartment in Northwest Delhi on August 5 last year,had left a note saying she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and Chadha. They were arrested after a lengthy investigation,and have remained in judicial custody since then.
Noting that the woman had tried to leave the company many times,the court observed on May 10 that Kanda used pressure tactics to make her return to the company.