If tracing Gopal Kanda, the former Haryana minister accused of abetting 23-year-old ex-airhostess Geetika Sharma's suicide, proved to be tough, the Delhi Police has a bigger hurdle ahead - getting him to cooperate with the investigators.
Sources told Hindustan Times that Kanda remained his cautious best on Sunday, the first day of his interrogation. Police now plans to confront him with his co-accused Aruna Chaddha.
"He responded to some questions but his answers were all well-rehearsed. The only thing he admitted was that Geetika was a former employee of MDLR airlines," said a police officer.
Asked about his hideouts, Kanda said he stayed at various places in Gurgaon, Delhi, Sirsa and Jaipur. After being served a notice on August 8 to join the probe, Kanda left his home in Gurgaon for a friend's house in Delhi. He was accompanied by a Gurgaon police officer.
"The same night, Kanda moved to Sirsa and hid at his friend's house till August 11. Between August 11 and 14, he was hiding with a relative's friend. On August 15, he shifted to Gurgaon, reaching Delhi on August 17 and eventually surrendering," the officer said. Delhi police took Kanda to his defunct airlines office in Gurgaon on Sunday and his residence. After a three-hour search operation, the police seized computer CPUs.
Meanwhile Aruna Chaddha, the HR manager of the defunct MDLR Airlines, is currently in judicial custody in connection with the Geetika Sharma suicide case, in which Kanda is the prime accused.
A senior investigating officer said they are planning to seek production warrant for Chaddha so that they could confront Kanda with her. Police sources said interrogators had a tough time grilling Kanda, who came "prepared for police's questions". It is believed that Kanda did his home work with lawyers before facing the police.
"We need to know whether he followed Geetika to Dubai where she went to work with Emirates. And if he did, for how many days did he stay in Dubai and where. Also, we want to know whether he had met Geetika during his stay in Dubai last year," said the investigating officer. According to police, an anonymous person, purportedly on behalf of Kanda, had sent an e-mail to Emirates where Geetika was employed, saying that she has forged documents to get a job with the company.
Geetika's family members had alleged that she lost her job with Emirates because of the e-mail.
Her family has also provided the landline number of Geetika’s flat in Dubai. It is claimed that Kanda used to call her up on that number and threaten her. The Delhi Police will now get the call details on that number with the help of its Dubai counterparts. Her family members also claimed that they had been receiving threatening calls.
Chaddha’s claim that Geetika underwent multiple abortions is also yet to be established. It was clear from Geetika's autopsy report that she was habituated to unnatural sex. But, whether it was forced upon her or not, is yet to be ascertained.
Investigators want to know about the person(s) who were sexually exploiting Geetika. As per the autopsy report, sealed samples of vaginal and anal swabs along with slides have been preserved for semen and DNA profiling.