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Geetika suicide case: Court extends judicial custody of Gopal Goyal Kanda

Kanda and Chaddha will remain in judicial custody till October 6 as the investigation in the case is still on.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: September 25, 2012 6:12:05 pm

Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his aide Aruna Chaddha will be in jail for at least another 11 days with a Delhi court today extending their judicial custody in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Dabas remanded Kanda and Chaddha,who were produced through video conferencing,to judicial custody till October 6 after the Delhi Police told the court that the investigation in the case is still on.

They were not brought to the court from the Rohini Jail after expiry of their judicial custody today.

“Accused (Kanda and Chaddha) produced through electronic video linkage (EVL). Heard. Accused be remanded in judicial custody till October 6,” the court said.

It,however,said that both the accused will be produced physically before the concerned court of the ACMM on the next date of hearing.

The former minister was arrested on August 18 after he had surrendered before the police,13 days after Geetika was found dead on August 5 in her Ashok Vihar house in North West Delhi.

Chaddha,40,was arrested by the police on August 8 after she was called for questioning for her alleged role in the case.

In her suicide note,23-year-old Geetika,a former air hostess,had alleged that Kanda and Chaddha,an employee of MDLR,were harassing her to rejoin the former minister’s firm after she left the job.

In her August 4 suicide note,Geetika had said that she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and Chaddha. Both of them have been accused of abetting Geetika’s suicide.

The court had earlier dismissed Kanda’s bail plea on the ground that further probe was needed in view of a police report that Geetika was pregnant in March this year.

It had also said that there was need to investigate whether there was any connection between the pregnancy and the alleged pressure by Kanda on Geetika to join his company.

The court had also dismissed Chaddha’s bail plea saying if she is released at this juncture,she might tamper with the evidence.

A magisterial court had issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against the former Haryana minister on August 16 and he had surrendered before police on August 18.

Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea was rejected earlier by a sessions court and also by the Delhi High Court.

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