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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 22, 2013
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a bail plea of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, an accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case. A bench headed by justice Chandramauli Prasad asked Kanda to approach the trial court.
Kanda had challenged the November 19, 2012, order of the Delhi High Court, which had dismissed his bail plea, apprehending that he might influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence. The court had also taken a note of the prosecution’s submission that prior to surrendering, Kanda had even destroyed material evidence in the case for which he was chargesheeted.

Kanda had moved the high court on November 1 against the September 20 order of the trial court that had dismissed his bail plea on the ground for need of further probe due to a medical report, which stated that the victim was pregnant in March.

Geetika, 23, was found dead on August 5, 2012, at her Ashok Vihar residence in north west Delhi. In her suicide note, she said that she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and his aide Aruna Chaddah, a co-accused in the case.

However, they denied the charge.Earlier, Kanda was denied anticipatory bail by the trial court and the Delhi HC, after which he had surrendered on August 18.