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Aug 14, 2012 at 05:46pm IST

Geetika Sharma suicide: Delhi HC reserves verdict on Gopal Kanda's bail

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda's anticipatory bail plea. Kanda, who is the chief of the now-defunct MDLR Airlines, has been charged with abetting the suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma.

During the hearing, police told the court Kanda's custody is vital for the investigation. According to the police's lawyer Kanda's custody was needed to find the source of the emails recovered from Geetika account. Police told the court that Kanda had gone to Dubai to lure Geetika back to India and he was required for join investigation with MDLR official Aruna Chaddha.

However, Kanda's lawyer KTS Tulsi told the court that investigation should go on in the case of abetment to suicide on the basis of the FIR. Tulsi cited judgements to argue that arrest was the last resort. He argued that Kanda was apprehensive that he would be arrested like Aruna and that claimed that his client was not absconding.

Geetika was found dead in her Delhi home on the August 5. Kanda has been absconding for the past eight days and the police say they are unable to find him.

Raids were conducted in several parts of Delhi, Haryana and Siliguri to trace Kanda but the efforts proved futile, a senior police official said.

In a suicide note found at her residence, Geetika alleged she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and Aruna. Both Kanda and Aruna have denied the allegations.

Delhi police on Sunday raided the office of the MDLR group in Gurgaon. The police team who took Aruna Chaddha along with it seized various documents and scanned computers, sources said.

Accompanied by some women police officers, the Delhi police remained at the four-storey office building at the posh Sector 15 here for more than two hours.

With additional information from PTI