Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetting suicide of a 23-year-old airhostess, was in Ashok Vihar area hours before he surrendered before the police in the early hours on Saturday.
Sources said that he had reached Ashok Vihar soon after midnight but he first sent his brother Govind Kanda to take stock of the situation at the Ashok Vihar police station.
Govind Kanda reportedly told his brother that the police had barricaded the whole area and it was impossible to reach the police station without getting caught. The owner of the erstwhile MDLR Airlines then put the plan to surrender on hold and waited for the crowd to disperse.
"We feel that demonstration by Govind Kanda and his supporters was a ploy to check preparedness of the police. At around midnight, Govind along with 150 supporters reached Ashok Vihar police station and started shouting slogans against the police," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
Kanda's counsel also argued that he wanted to surrender but the police was bent on arresting him. "They took all the precautions to make sure that Kanda was arrested before reaching police station," he said. Police sources said that in the night, Kanda was at a Gurgaon hotel and left for Ashok Vihar at around 10 pm.
"We sent a team to the hotel but he had left by the time the police reached there. He changed several vehicles before coming to Ashok Vihar," the officer further said. Police sources said that they would now take him to his MDLR office as the hard disc of his computer along with of Geetika's and co-accused Chaddha's computer is missing.
"He would take us to all the evidence he had destroyed. He had also gone to Dubai when Geetika was working there and we need to recover itinerary of his travel," the officer added.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have moved a fresh application at Rohini court for the custody of Aruna Chaddha, HR manager of MDLR group and co-accused in the case. "Chaddha was sent to Tihar Jail on Thursday but we now want her custody again. Our aim is to confront Chaddha and Kanda to gather evidence against Kanda," the officer added.