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'Absconding' Gopal Kanda files bail plea; says ready to join investigation

chandigarh Updated: Aug 09, 2012 00:43 IST
Harish V Nair
Geetika Sharma

The prime accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case and former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda on Wednesday moved a Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail.


Though the police have declared him an absconder, Kanda's lawyer Ramesh Gupta said his client is not hiding and is willing to join investigation if provided security . The bail plea filed before the Rohini district court is expected to come up for hearing on Thursday.

"No case of abetment of suicide and criminal intimidation is made out against me. Geetika's family is being guided by external forces including the media to level baseless charges against me. I am ready to join investigation if I am provided security and I am not in hiding", Kanda said in the petition filed through Ramesh Gupta.

A former air hostess with Kanda's now defunct MDLR airline, 23-year-old Geetika was found dead on Sunday at her Ashok Vihar residence in north-west Delhi

Gupta said the dates mentioned in Geetika's suicide note will prove his client's innocence. "No suicide can be planned three months ahead. A thorough probe will prove that Kanda is innocent", said Gupta.

"The FIR filed by Geetika's family mentions only section IPC 306 which is abetment of suicide. But under media pressure my client feels section 506 which is punishment for criminal intimidation will also be added. It is a totally false case and he is entitled to be released immediately on bail even if he is arrested on the basis of the FIR so that he can prove his innocence at the earliest", said Gupta

IPC section 306
It prescribes punishment for abetment of suicide. The law says: "If any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine."

IPC section 506
It prescribes punishment for criminal intimidation. The law says: "Whoever commits, the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprison­ment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both"