The Delhi high court on Tuesday asked the city police to file its response to the bail application of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, an accused in the air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case.
"You just file the reply to the bail application put up for hearing on November 19," Justice Pratibha Rani told additional solicitor general (ASG) Siddharth Luthra who attempted to raise certain objections to Kanda's bail plea.
The hearing on the bail application of Kanda, who is in jail since his arrest on August 18, was deferred twice in the forenoon on Tuesday on the ground that the arguing counsel Ramesh Gupta was on his way to the court room.
During the brief hearing, ASG Luthra, appearing for Delhi Police, said, "The accused is seeking bail on the ground that charge sheet had already been filed but he has not annexed the copy of the charge sheet with his petition to be heard by this court. I have got a serious objection to it." Earlier, another bench of justice P K Bhasin had recused itself from hearing the bail plea of Kanda without citing any reason and had asked the registry to place it before some other court.
On November 1, Kanda had moved the high court against the September 20 order of the trial court which dismissed his bail plea on the ground that further probe was needed in view of a police report that the victim was pregnant in March this year.
23-year-old Geetika was found dead on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in north-west Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note, Geetika said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and his aide Aruna Chaddha, co-accused in the case. They, however, denied the charge.