Supporters of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, the accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, gathered at the Ashok Vihar police station late Friday after reports of his possible surrender emerged. He was refused pre-arrest bail by the Delhi high court earlier. TV reports, however, claimed that Kanda had been arrested in Gurgaon, but it couldn't be confirmed.
Earlier on Friday, the HC dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by Kanda. The court also slammed the police for not making "serious efforts" to trace him and said it was because of their "inaction" that Kanda "appears to be sitting comfortably somewhere without apprehending his arrest."
This comes a day after a lower court issued a non-bailable warrant against Kanda. The order meant that police can take Kanda into custody in the event of his arrest.Hinting at collusion between Kanda and the police, justice PK Bhasin said: "This application appears to have been filed only to bring it on record from the side of the police accused himself went underground and police is unable to arrest him."
Rejecting the bail plea on technical grounds, the court said "the application is liable to be rejected, without going into the merits at all, only on the grounds that the same has not been filed by the person apprehending his arrest." The judge said it cannot be said that the bail plea was filed by Kanda as the affidavit with the application did not carry his name and signature but that of his brother Govind Kumar.
Police soft on Kanda?
The court said police file showed that even though the incident took place on August 5 and co-accused Aruna Chaddha was arrested two days later, Kanda was merely served a notice to appear at the police station.
The court also blasted the police for withdrawing a plea before a lower court seeking permission to search Kanda's house on August 8 and questioned why any new application was not filed.
Appearing for the police, additional solicitor general Sidharth Luthra told the court they had enough incriminating evidence against Kanda and wanted his custodial interrogation for a deeper probe and also to confront him with co-accused Chaddha.