ibnlive » India » Delhi

Sep 20, 2012 at 05:36pm IST

Geetika Sharma suicide: Delhi court rejects Gopal Kanda's bail plea

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday rejected the bail application of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, who is one of the accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case. Kanda had moved the Rohini court of District and Additional Sessions Judge SK Sarvaria in New Delhi for bail.

Kanda's lawyer argued in the court that Geetika was mentally disturbed because of her parents not because of his client. The lawyer claimed that police have been trying to portray that Geetika had a close relationship with Kanda but there was no physical contact between the two for three months.

The police opposed Kanda's bail application, saying he had destroyed evidence and used three phones, which he did not disclose, at a time. Kanda's family has also not been cooperating, argued the police and added that Geetika was pressured to rejoin the now-defunct MDLR airlines. Moreover, Geetika was also thinking of complaining against Kanda.

Kanda along with Aruna Chaddha are the prime accused in the Geetika suicide case. Earlier the court had rejected Aruna Chaddha's bail application too.

The sitting Haryana MLA was arrested on August 18 after he had surrendered before the police, 13 days after Geetika was found dead in her Ashok Vihar house in North West Delhi. He was then remanded in judicial custody on August 28 after the Delhi Police said he was not required for further custodial interrogation.

Earlier, his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the trial court and the Delhi High Court, following which he surrendered before the police.

In her suicide note, Geetika had alleged Kanda and Aruna Chaddha, an MDLR employee, were harassing her to rejoin the former minister's firm after she left the job.

In her August 4 suicide note, 23-year-old Geetika said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chaddha. Both Kanda and Chaddha have been accused of abetting Geetika's suicide.

However, Kanda has been reiterating before the court that no case of abetting suicide is made out against him and that Geetika was "hypersensitive" and the extreme act on her part was that of a "confused and frustrated individual".

(With additional information from PTI)