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Kanda goes absconding, Aruna Chaddha arrested

PTI  New Delhi, August 08, 2012
First Published: 15:35 IST(8/8/2012) | Last Updated: 21:54 IST(8/8/2012)

Controversial former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of a former woman employee, on Wednesday went "absconding" as police arrested another woman official of the now-defunct MDLR airline in the case.

The official Aruna Chaddha was taken to custody after questioning by police which had called her for joining the probe while Kanda ignored police summons to him to appear before them after rejection of his request for more time made through his counsel.

"We have arrested Aruna Chaddha. We have charged her with abetment to suicide and criminal conspiracy," P Karunakaran, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West), said.

Geetika Sharma (23), a former air hostess with Kanda's MDLR airline, alleged in her suicide note that she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and MDLR official Chaddha.

Kanda and Chaddha had denied the allegations.

A senior police official said there was not much clarity in the statements made by Chaddha during questioning.

Kanda did not appear before police for questioning in the suicide case of a former airhostess with police saying he is "absconding" and threatened to initiate proceedings to obtain non-bailable warrant against him.

Kanda, who was served with a notice to appear before investigators today, sent his lawyers to Bharat police station seeking "two-three days" time to appear before them but it was not granted, a senior police official said.

Karunakaran said Kanda has not appeared before them. "He is absconding. We will obtain a non-bailable warrant against him if he does not appear before us.

Aruna Chadha, co-accused in Geetika Sharma's suicide case, talks to media in Gurgaon. PTI Photo

"We have sent the teams to Kanda's residence because he was not joining the investigation," he said, adding already ten people have been questioned.

Chaddha's arrest came after she appeared for questioning during the day while MDLR legal officer Ankit Alhuwalia was quizzed yesterday. "Around ten people have been questioned so far," Karunakaran said.

Investigators also questioned Mandeep, an employee of Kanda, in connection with the case after it came to light that the SIM cards used to call Geetika allegedly by Kanda were bought in his name.

Mother, brother and other relatives of Geetika Sharma, a former flight attendant who hanged herself, mourn at their residence in New Delhi. PTI Photo

"Mandeep was not detained. He just gave information. He is now a witness. We have obtained some documents from MDLR. We have not got the post mortem report," Karunakaran said.  Police had yesterday slapped a fresh charge of criminal intimidation against Kanda.

Geetika's family demanded a CBI inquiry into the case and wanted the former minister to be arrested soon.

A three-member team visited the victim's house and took statements of family members. The family is also demanding an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the case and wanted the former minister to be arrested soon.

"We want a probe by CBI and stricter punishment for Kanda and other accused," Ankit Sharma, victim's brother said.

A former airhostess with Kanda’s now defunct MDLR Airlines, Geetika was found dead at her Ashok Vihar residence on Sunday.


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