Kanda sent to 14-day judicial custody

Geetika suicide case accused Gopal Goyal Kanda was remanded in 14 days judicial custody by the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D K Jangala on Tuesday after the prosecution said that the investigation could not be completed during police custody period.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 1:48:18 am

Geetika suicide case accused Gopal Goyal Kanda was remanded in 14 days judicial custody by the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D K Jangala on Tuesday after the prosecution said that the investigation could not be completed during police custody period. The police filed an application before the court stating that Kanda was no longer required for custodial interrogation and should be sent to judicial custody.

Kanda,accused of instigation and abetment of suicide after the 23-year-old airhostess named him in her suicide note,was arrested on August 18 and was in police custody since then. The police had also slapped charges of destruction of evidence,criminal conspiracy and under various provisions of the Information Technology Act.

Another accused,Aruna Chadda,an employee in Kanda’s company,MDLR,was arrested on August 8 and was sent to judicial custody.

The former minister was allowed to travel in a separate vehicle instead of travelling from the court in the regular jail van after his counsel filed an application pleading that Kanda was under threat of “bodily injury and physical harm” from his “political rivals” and should be kept away from the other accused. Kanda told the court that he should be allowed a separate vehicle since “bladebaazi” and incidents of attacks on persons were “common” in jail vans and he feared an attack from “political persons”. The ACMM allowed the application for a separate vehicle noting that “the accused is a member of the legislative assembly of Haryana and was till recently a minister”. The court also allowed Kanda’s application to carry his blood pressure medication and directed the jail superintendent to provide necessary medical facilities as and when required.

Kanda will remain in jail till September 11.

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