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Geetika suicide: Kanda won't seek interim bail to attend assembly

PTI   New Delhi, October 21, 2013
First Published: 21:39 IST(21/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:05 IST(21/10/2013)

Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of former airhostess Geetika Sharma, on Monday told the Delhi high court that he would not seek interim bail in future from the trial court to attend assembly session.

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Appearing for Kanda, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta assured justice JR Midha that his client would not seek "interim bail from trial court to attend assembly session". Accepting Kanda's submission, the court disposed of a police plea seeking cancellation of his bail on the ground that the high court had refused bail to Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi in a Commonwealth Games scam to attend Parliament but, in this case, the trial court had ignored the police argument and granted relief to Kanda.

Kanda has already spent 13 months in custody and got a month-long interim bail on September 4 from lower court to attend the state assembly session.

Kanda, who represents Sirsa in the Haryana assembly, had also moved the city court for the extension of interim bail which was dismissed by the court and he had subsequently surrendered on expiry of his bail period.

Earlier, the high court had, while hearing the police plea, said it would examine the issue that in spite of this court's ruling not to grant bail to any accused to attend assembly or parliament session, how the trial court had allowed Kanda's plea.

Meanwhile, Justice Midha said the trial court should have followed the high court's order on the issue.

"Once the law is settled by the division bench (of this court) that no MP or MLA can seek bail as a matter of right, then how can the trial court grant bail?" said the high court, adding "after Suresh Kalmadi judgment, no MP or MLA can seek bail to attend parliament, that right is over..."


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