Cops question aide whose cell phones Gopal Goyal Kanda used to call Geetika Sharma

Mandeep,sources in Haryana said,is among Kanda’s most trusted men.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 9, 2012 1:46:15 am

Police on Wednesday questioned a close aide of Gopal Goyal Kanda,whose cellphones were allegedly used by the absconding Haryana politician to call former MDLR Airlines airhostess Geetika Sharma.

The call records of Geetika,who committed suicide on Sunday leaving behind a note accusing Kanda of “ruining” here,led police to three mobile phone numbers registered in the name of Mandeep Singh,an executive of Kanda’s now defunct MDLR Airlines.

Mandeep,sources in Haryana said,is among Kanda’s most trusted men. He is the son of a truck driver,has a small house in Namdhari locality in Kanda’s political base Sirsa,and started out being Kanda’s driver in Sirsa. He has been working at MDLR’s office in Gurgaon for the past 10 years.

Mandeep’s cousin Meera and father Randhir Singh have reached Delhi,sources said. Mandeep’s two younger sisters are at his home in Sirsa. An Intelligence Bureau team too questioned Mandeep’s parents,relatives and friends this evening,the sources said.

Delhi Police sources said Mandeep would likely not be booked,and could be made a witness in the case. “We have only questioned him,we did not detain him,” said an officer.

Police also questioned MDLR’s legal manager Ankit Ahluwalia on Wednesday. “Ankit Ahluwalia had allegedly prepared the papers through which the deceased was being harassed. They were asked to get the documents but they failed to do so. They have denied they harassed the deceased,but it appears she was blackmailed,” an officer said.

Earlier on Wednesday,Kanda had sought three days’ time to appear before investigators,a request that police rejected. Kanda reportedly told police that he needed time to collect all documents connected to Geetika’s employment with MDLR.

At around 3 pm,a Ford Endeavour SUV with a man who some eyewitnesses claimed resembled Kanda stopped outside Keshav Puram police station where a large group of reporters had gathered in anticipation of the former minister’s arrival. No one came out,however,and the vehicle sped off almost immediately.

Police questioned Kanda’s aide and co-accused Aruna Chadha all day before arresting her in the evening. Sources said Chadha,who was accompanied by her counsel,gave no conclusive answers to investigators’ questions.

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