New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda and sent his aide Aruna Chadha to judicial custody for 14 days, setting August 24 as the next date of hearing.
The former minister, who is an accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, has been absconding for 10 days.
This came after the Delhi Police raided Kanda's house in Sirsa again on the basis of some mobile numbers that were being tracked. One of the relatives of Kanda was also arrested by the police.
Kanda was booked for abetting Geetika's suicide after he was implicated in her suicide note.
Kanda is the MD of MDLR airlines while Geetika was his former employee. Kanda was served with a notice to join investigations last Wednesday but the former minister had gone underground with police declaring him an "absconder" while his employee Aruna Chaddha was arrested.
Kanda and Chaddha were named in the suicide note of Geetika, who took her life on August 5, alleging that they had harassed her and ruined her life. Both Kanda and Chaddha denied the allegations.
The former minister had moved a local court and then Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail. While the local court denied it, the High Court has reserved the order.
Police have told the High Court that they "already have enough evidence" against Kanda and required his custodial interrogation for a deeper probe.
Kanda's lawyer has argued that prima facie, no case is made out against his client on the basis of the FIR and the suicide note. "The suicide note cannot be treated as the gospel truth and the same has to be proved by independent evidence," he had said.
(With additional information from PTI)