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Geetika case: Suicide notes not gospel truth, says Kanda's lawyer

IANS  New Delhi, August 14, 2012
First Published: 14:47 IST(14/8/2012) | Last Updated: 15:05 IST(14/8/2012)

Seeking anticipatory bail, former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, wanted in connection with the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma, told the Delhi high court on Tuesday that suicide notes cannot be taken as "gospel truth".

"Suicide letters are written in anger and so any allegations can be levelled out of anger," said senior advocate KTS. Tusli, who is representing Kanda. He said the suicide notes left behind by Geetika could not be taken as gospel truth.

The young woman was found hanging from the ceiling of her house here on the night of Aug 4-5.

She left behind two suicide notes, blaming Kanda and Aruna Chaddha, senior executive in Kanda's group now under arrest, for her suicide.

"I may be fond of her, she may be fond of me but that does not mean I incite her to commit suicide," Tulsi said defending Kanda.

He said some other evidence was required to hold Kanda responsible for Geetika's suicide.

"The reason given by trial court while dismissing anticipatory bail were that there was misuse of power by me, I have given preferential treatment to Geetika and I exploited her, but these are not offences under offence of abetment for commission of suicide," Tulsi said.

He said Geetika was an ambitious girl and suicide was not in her mind.

"Even her mother and brother did not know she could commit suicide, how could I know," Tulsi argued on Kanda's behalf.

Appearing for Delhi Police, Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra opposed Kanda's anticipatory bail plea.
 
Kanda's anticipatory bail plea was dismissed Aug 9 by a sessions court that said allegations against him were grave and serious and his bail plea had no merit.

Kanda was booked for abetment to Geetika's suicide and criminal intimidation. He is yet to appear before Delhi Police for questioning.

Kanda began his career as a petty businessman and later became a millionaire property dealer. He floated MDLR Airlines in 2007.

He was elected to the Haryana assembly as an independent from Sirsa in October 2009. He joined the Congress-led government headed of Bhupinder Singh Hooda.


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