New Delhi: Prime accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, ex-Haryana Home minister Gopal Kanda and his close aide Aruna Chadha were on Saturday charged with abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation and destruction of evidence. A court took cognizance of the chargesheet and a case was filed under Sections 306, 506, 201, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and 34/66 of the IT Act.
The chargesheet said that the immediate provocation for Geetika to take the extreme step was a phone call from Kanda during which they had a fight. Geetika Sharma, a former airhostess of MDLR Airlines, a now-defunct company owned by Kanda, committed suicide on August 5. A suicide note recovered from her room squarely blamed Kanda and Chadha for mental harassment and torture.
Kanda, a sitting Haryana MLA, was arrested on August 18 after he had surrendered before the police, 13 days after Geetika was found dead at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. He was then remanded to judicial custody on August 28 after the Delhi Police said he was not required for further custodial interrogation.
Kanda had earlier told the court that no case of abetment to suicide could be made out against him as Geetika was "hypersensitive" and the extreme act on her part was that of a "confused and frustrated individual".