Facing flak from both,the Opposition and his own party men for failing to rein in his ministers,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday disowned absconding former minister and Independent MLA Gopal Goyal Kanda who has been booked in a case of abetment to suicide of a former airhostess.
He (Kanda) is an independent MLA and not a party man. One individuals act does not affect the government, Hooda said,exuding confidence that the position of his government was on a strong footing.
Replying to media queries on Kanda going incommunicado following former airhostess Geetika Sharma naming him in her suicide note,Hooda said the former minister,who continued to evade the police for the third consecutive day,should join the investigations.
I am a law-abiding man. Anybody (whose name crops up in any case) should join investigations, Hooda said.
On being asked whether the Haryana Police was sheltering Kanda,as was being alleged by the opposition parties,Hooda shot back: He was a minister and has resigned. The government has nothing to do with him. The case is with the Delhi Police. Law will take its own course.
Meanwhile,main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) reiterated its demand to dismiss the Haryana government for allegedly sheltering Kanda.
Instead of helping the police nab Kanda,the state government is trying to shield him by erasing valid proofs against the culprit, INLD supremo Om Parkash Chautala said in a statement
He alleged that the Hooda government was working overtime to protect Kanda. The entire government machinery is helping Kanda and he is also being provided legal aid by the state government, Chautala said,asking why the security provided to Kanda has not been withdrawn despite he being declared a proclaimed offender.
The cells national in-charge and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna said it was unfortunate that a young girl lost her life due to a political leader and instead of punishing the person,the Congress government was supporting him.
If Kanda is not arrested soon,the BJP will intensify its agitation, he added,while demanding that the matter be investigated by the CBI.
Will he surrender on Monday?
New Delhi: Absconding former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda continued to evade six teams of Delhi Police formed to nab him for the third day today on Friday even as there was speculation that he may surrender in a Delhi court on Monday.
However,Kandas brother Govind said,Talks are on but what has to be done is not decided yet.
Meanwhile,fresh raids were conducted at Kandas residence in Sirsa last night and sleuths questioned his relatives but he could not be located. He will be caught. Every person has so many places to take shelter, the official said.
Meanwhile,P Karunakaran,Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West),said the post mortem report showed that Geetika died of hanging. Ligature marks were of ante-mortem nature, he said.
There were no external injuries,he added. Police are also looking into whether another woman employee of Kanda had any role in the case. Police teams have also been sent to Goa to look for Kanda,they added.