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Geetika suicide case: Aruna Chadha denied bail

PTI  New Delhi, November 16, 2013
First Published: 21:41 IST(16/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:42 IST(16/11/2013)

A Delhi court on Saturday rejected a bail plea of Aruna Chadha, a co-accused with former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda in the suicide of an air hostess, a day after she surrendered on the expiry of two-month interim bail.

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Additional sessions judge MC Gupta rejected the bail plea of Chadha who had sought regular bail, saying she is mother of a nine-year-old girl and wanted to take care of her. The court had granted two-month interim bail to Aruna, which expired on November 15.

The court had denied bail to main accused Kanda on October 14, saying the trial was at a threshold stage
and, considering his power and status, his mere presence was likely to intimidate witnesses.

On November 13, the Delhi high court had disposed of as "infructuous" the Delhi Police's plea for cancellation of her interim bail since a substantial period of the bail was already over.

Chadha was arrested in the case on August 8 last year while Kanda had surrendered on August 18. They are facing trial for abetting the suicide of 23-year-old Geetika Sharma, who was earlier employed as an air hostess in Kanda's now-defunct MDLR Airlines. Both accused have been charged with forgery for cheating and harming the reputation of the victim.

Geetika was found dead on August 5, 2012, at her Ashok Vihar residence in Delhi. In her suicide note, she had said that she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chadha.

The police had, in its chargesheet, said Kanda that was obsessed with the victim and creating pressure on her to come back to his company.


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