Absconding former Haryana Minister Gopal Goyal Kanda today failed to get anticipatory bail in connection with the suicide of his ex-employee Geetika Sharma by a Delhi Court which said the allegations against him were “grave and serious”.
Kanda’s bail plea was rejected minutes after another court allowed the custodial interrogation of his female employee Aruna Chaddha,who has also been accused of abetting the suicide of former airhostess Geetika Sharma.
“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 said.
“The investigation is at a very initial stage and release of accused (Kanda) would hamper the investigation. Therefore,keeping in view the facts and circumstances…,the bail application lacks merit and is hereby dismissed,” the judge said.
Kanda,who has been accused of abetting the suicide of Sharma,ex-airhostess of defunct MDLR airline owned by him,has not yet joined the probe,while Chaddha was arrested yesterday.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Devender Kumar Jangala allowed the police to interrogate Chaddha in its custody for two days as the police said she was not cooperating in the suicide probe.
The ACMM had allowed the plea of the police against Chaddha saying the investigating officer (IO) has given the specific ground for seeking police custody of the accused.
“The name of the accused was mentioned in the suicide note of the deceased… In view of the material on record and in view of the IO’s submission,the two-day police custody remand of the accused is granted as prayed,” the ACMM said.
K T S Tulsi appearing for the former Haryana Minister,while referring to the suicide note left by Sharma,said that it showed she had a disturbed state of mind.
The Delhi police,opposing Kanda’s bail plea,had argued that he had been showing undue favours to Geetika ever since she was given a job as an airhostess in MDLR in 2006.
Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Rajiv Mohan had said Kanda had been pressurising Geetika to come back to MDLR even when she went to join Emirates and then had lured her back by sponsoring her MBA course.
He had also said Geetika was accorded out-of-turn promotions. Luxury car,and appreciations for no good reasons.
All this,he had said,were ways to force her to join back MDLR.
However,while allowing the plea against Chaddha,the court said,”It is submitted by the public prosecutor that the accused (Chaddha) is involved in instigating the victim (Geetika) to commit suicide by hatching a criminal conspiracy in a planned and calculated manner.”
“The prosecutor submits that two days police custody is required as she is not cooperating in the investigation,” it noted.
“In view of the material on record and in view of the submissions by the IO,two days police remand of the accused is granted as prayed.”
Gopal Goyal Kanda says ex-airhostess might have felt ‘jilted’
Former Haryana Minister Gopal Goyal Kanda,fearing arrest in ex-airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case,today sought anticipatory bail from a Delhi court,saying she was a “hypersensitive girl” with “mixed emotions of love and hatred towards him” and she might have felt she was “jilted”.
Kanda’s counsel K T S Tusli told Additional Sessions Judge Rajnish Bhatnagar that Geetika’s suicide note shows she had “an element of jealousy and mixed emotions of love and hatred” towards his client.
“Nowhere has Geetika said in her note that I instigated her to commit suicide” he argued before the court,which reserved its order for 4 pm.
Tulsi referred to Geetika’s August 4 suicide note,in which she had said she is “shattered from inside” as her trust is broken and that Kanda is a “fraud” and had purportedly held him and his aide Aruna Chaddah responsible for her death.
The suicide note shows she had a disturbed state of mind,argued Tulsi.
Tulsi also referred to another letter written by Geetika on May 4 in which she had said,”Gopal is a fraud. He always keeps bad intentions towards girls. He is a man of no shame and guilt… he also has illicit relations with another girl and has a child from her…”
Tulsi said this shows Geetika was jealous of Kanda’s relations with other girls and that the victim had an emotional attachment and wanted a relationship with him,for which he was not willing.
“She may be jilted,” Tulsi said,referring to the victim,who worked earlier in a firm owned by Kanda.
Tulsi told the court that the last phone call that Kanda had made was to Geetika’s mother informing her that some papers related to Geetika’s resignation have to be signed.
“Here is a case of a hypersensitive girl as merely asking for signing some papers can’t be even remotely taken as intentionally abetting suicide,” Tulsi added.
Meanwhile,the Delhi police argued that Kanda had been showing undue favours to Geetika ever since she was given a job as an airhostess in his now-defunct airline MDLR in 2006.
Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Rajiv Mohan said Kanda and Aruna had been pressurising Geetika to come back to MDLR even when she went to join Emirates and then had lured her back by sponsoring her MBA course.
He also said Geetika was accorded out-of-turn promotions and appreciations for no good reasons.
The APP said when Geetika left MDLR in 2010 and joined Emirates,MDLR gave her a no-objection-certificate but later the company sent a letter to Emirates saying she be expelled as she had got her first job on basis of forged documents.
All this,he said,were ways to force her to join back MDLR.
Mohan also referred to an e-mail recovered from Geetika’s laptop with letters from Consulate General of India and authorities in Dubai,referring to some extradition proceedings initiated against her there on account of non-payment of money taken from a person in Dubai.
“We are examining the authenticity of these letters and mail,” police said,adding it goes to show that “there is a lot behind the veil.”
He said Aruna has been arrested in the case and Kanda’s custodial interrogation was also a must.
Police raid Kanda’s premises
A Delhi police team raided various establishments,including the palatial residence here,of Gopal Kanda.
The police conducted the raids after the team reached Sirsa around midnight yesterday.
The police searched Kanda’s office named Shoe-Camp near Parshuram Chowk,his residence on Rania Road and also the premises of the recently launched MDK International School on the outskirts of the town,police sources said.
The team led by Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police,Aiash Mohammad and five others spent over an hour at Kanda’s residence.
They searched for Kanda,who has been booked in the Geetika Sharma suicide case,by the Delhi Police.
The in-charge of the police party refused to comment or respond to queries from media persons who had gathered at Kanda’s residence.
Meanwhile,supporters of Independent MLA from his Assembly constituency have given a bandh call for Sirsa today.
Kanda supporters started gathering in his Shoe Camp offices from where they will take out a procession in the town demanding a fair inquiry into the case as they claim that Kanda is being falsely implicated.
Geetika Sharma (23),a former air hostess with Kanda’s now defunct MDLR airline,alleged in her suicide note on Sunday that she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and MDLR official Aruna Chaddha.
Kanda and Chaddha had denied the allegations.
Geetika was found hanging in her flat in north west Delhi on August 5.
Kanda,an Independent MLA who held Home,Urban Bodies and Industry and Commerce portfolios,resigned the following day.