Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of pushing airhostess Geetika Sharma to her death earlier this month, is on the brink of being tried for a four-year-old criminal case, the Delhi Police have been told by their counterparts in Haryana.
A day before Kanda’s remand ends, sources told Hindustan Times that he was in the process of being indicted for possessing and wielding a ‘sizable cache of arms’ in addition to giving the go-ahead for an assault on Income Tax officials and the local police.
The incident had occurred in Gurgaon’s Civil Lines area in early 2008. Two of his aides had been arrested but Kanda, apparently, had been let-off due to his ‘connections’, the police said.
“IT officials, accompanying local police personnel, had landed at his residence to execute a raid based on inputs of disproportionate assets. But Kanda and his men had assaulted them and even threatened them with arms,” said an officer.
Later, a criminal case (FIR 45/2008) had been registered after a cache of non-licensed arms — ranging from revolvers to rifles, had allegedly been unearthed from his residence during investigation. Kanda had, however, succeeded in escaping prosecution even under the severe Arms Act, police said.
Sources said their counterparts had informed them of being on the verge of chargesheeting Kanda in the said case now; the Gurgaon Police however, chose to remain tight-lipped on the subject.
On Thursday, police claimed to have followed a paper trail that had helped them ascertain that Kanda had started tightening the noose around Geetika’s family months before the exploitation became palpable to the 23-year-old.
“From the hardware that we have seized from his premises, a paper trail has revealed that Kanda had started harassing Geetika’s parents by getting a flat booked by them in Gurgaon’s Universal Housing Society,
cancelled. He himself had helped get the booking done,” said an officer.
Meanwhile, police said Kanda had claimed that he had not been in ‘personal touch’ with the slain airhostess for as many as 45 days before she decided to end her life, leaving behind two seemingly continuous suicide notes blaming him for her extreme step.