The Delhi police on Tuesday claimed before the Delhi high court that they had gathered enough incriminating evidence — mostly in the form of emails — against main accused Gopal Kanda, to link him to airhostess Geetika Sharma’s suicide.
Opposing his anticipatory bail plea, the police said the arrest of Kanda, who is on the run, was a must for his custodial interrogation to probe the case further. “We already have enough incriminating evidence against the accused. We require his custodial interrogation for a deeper probe and to also confront him with co-accused Aruna Chaddha,” additional solicitor general Sidharth Luthra, who appeared for the Delhi Police, told justice PK Bhasin. Luthra argued that an absconding accused “who is on an evidence-destruction spree” is never granted anticipatory bail.
Sharma, a 23-year-old former airhostess with Kanda’s now-defunct MDLR Airlines, was found dead in her Ashok Vihar home on August 4. She blamed Kanda and his employee, Aruna Chaddha in her suicide note.
A lower court had, on August 9, dismissed Kanda’s bail application terming allegations against him “grave and serious”. Police alleged that Sharma was “harassed and exploited” by Kanda and “constantly kept under mental tension under one pretext or other” which finally drove her to suicide.
Police said that Kanda had, in May 2010, sent fake emails and forged letters of the Indian Consul-General in Dubai linking her to a criminal case in India to force Sharma to quit her job in the United Arab Emirates and return to India. Luthra said computers at MDLR’s office in Gurgaon were found tampered with and Sharma’s laptop was missing.
Kanda’s lawyer KTS Tulsi argued that there was nothing in Sharma’s suicide note and the FIR lodged by her mother to show that Kanda had incited her to commit suicide, an essential ingredient for being booked for abetment to suicide.