Custody death: Trouble for Kanda as victim kin get aid
Gurgaon: A year-old custody death case of a Gurgaon resident is back to haunt former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, who is already under arrest in connection with the suicide of airhostess Geetika Sharma.india Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:07 IST
Gurgaon: A year-old custody death case of a Gurgaon resident is back to haunt former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, who is already under arrest in connection with the suicide of airhostess Geetika Sharma.
Kanda, the then MoS (Home), was also allegedly connived with a state minister in the victim’s death.
In a latest development that could spell fresh trouble for Kanda, the State Legal Services Authority has offered legal aid to the widow of the deceased for moving the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the accused minister.
The State Legal Services Authority has advised petitioner Parvesh Kataria to directly approach secretary, High Court Legal Services Authority, for legal aid. She had earlier moved District Legal Services Authority in Gurgaon on August 13 seeking legal aid for filing a case in high court.
The state minister wanted to settle scores with victim Krishan Kumar (47) who had filed a case of bogus voting, the family of the deceased alleged. Kumar was, however, booked on charges of fighting with a neighbour and freed on bail while the trial continued in a Gurgaon court.
“On January 1, 2011, the Gurgaon police picked up Kumar and produced him in court despite the fact that the hearing in the case was scheduled on February 1, 2011. He was remanded in judicial custody by the local court and taken to jail. The same evening, we came to know that Kumar had died in jail. He was brought dead to the civil hospital,” said OP Kataria, brother of the deceased.
He alleged that a Haryana minister with the help of Kanda, the then MoS (Home), had got his brother arrested illegally and killed in judicial custody. A local court had dismissed the case on May 20, 2011.