A Delhi court on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, who has been absconding, for abetting former airhostess Geetika Sharma's suicide. Turning the heat on Kanda, the court said that the warrant was needed to secure his presence for investigation.
The order came from Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Devender Kumar Jangala after the police moved an application seeking the warrant against the former minister. The magistrate ordered the police to execute the warrant by August 24.
"Despite service of the notice, the accused (Kanda) has failed to join the investigation. Raids were also conducted to trace the accused at his residence and office, but despite that the accused has failed to join the investigation," the court noted.
Geetika Sharma, a 23-year-old former employee of Kanda's now defunct MDLR airline, had committed suicide at her Ashok Vihar residence on August 5. In her suicide note, she had alleged that Kanda and MDLR's HR manager Aruna Chaddha had been harassing her and were responsible for her death.
The court also remanded Chaddha, a co-accused in the case, in 14-day judicial custody. The HR manager had been arrested on August 8 after the police called her for questioning in the case.
On August 9, a sessions court had dismissed the former Haryana minister's plea for anticipatory bail, saying it was "without merit". The sessions court had also said that all allegations against Kanda were "grave and serious". Kanda has already challenged the court order before the Delhi High Court, which is likely to pronounce its verdict on Friday.
The police vehemently opposed Kanda's anticipatory bail plea in the high court, saying they had enough incriminating evidence against him and that the police wanted to confront him with co-accused Chaddha.
Appearing for Kanda, senior advocate KTS Tulsi had contended before the high court that there was nothing in the two documents being relied upon by the prosecution — 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.