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HC notice to Kanda, Chadha on police's plea to cancel bail

PTI  New Delhi, September 27, 2013
First Published: 21:50 IST(27/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:53 IST(27/9/2013)

The Delhi high court on Friday sought the response of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda and his employee Aruna Chadha - both accused of abetting the suicide of former airhostess Geetika Sharma - on a police plea seeking cancellation of their interim bail granted by the trial court.

 
Issuing notice to Kanda and Chadha, Justice JR Midha sought their response by October 1 on Delhi Police's plea for quashing the trial court's order granting them interim bail.
 
The court had on September 5 granted bail to Kanda, a sitting MLA from Sirsa, till October 4 to attend the ssembly session in Haryana on condition that he would show his attendance in the House.
 
Co-accused in the case, Chadha, is out on interim bail till November 15 to attend religious and family events.
 
Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra, appearing for the police, sought cancellation of interim bail granted to Kanda and argued that the high court and trial court had already rejected his bail plea keeping in mind the seriousness of the offence.
 
Citing the high court's earlier order, Luthra said it had denied permission to Suresh Kalmadi, facing trial in CWG scam case, in similar circumstances.
 
He further argued that Kanda was an influential person and if he was allowed bail, "There is a high possibility that he would try to use his influence to disrupt further investigation of the case."
Earlier, Kanda had told the trial court that he should be released on interim bail as this was the last session of the House, and he needed to attend it to discharge his obligations towards his constituency.
 
Chadha and Kanda were arrested on August 8 last year and August 18 last year, respectively.
 
Kanda had on Thursday moved the trial court for extension of his interim bail, which is to expire on October 4.
 
The trial in the case began on May 27, this year, when the court recorded the statements of eight witnesses, including police personnel and also the doctor who had conducted the post mortem examination on the victim.
 
Both Kanda and Chadha are accused of abetting the suicide of 23-year-old Geetika who was earlier employed with Kanda's MDLR airlines.
 
They have also been charged with forgery for cheating and harming the reputation of the victim and under the Information Technology Act for sending fake e-mails to the victim.
 
The former air hostess was found dead on August 5, 2012 at her Ashok Vihar residence in north west Delhi. In her suicide note, she had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chadha.
 
The police had in its charge sheet said Kanda was obsessed with the victim and was putting pressure on her to come back to his company.

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