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Air hostess suicide case: I want truth to come out: Kanda

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 06, 2012
First Published: 17:35 IST(6/8/2012) | Last Updated: 17:55 IST(6/8/2012)

Gopal Kanda, former Haryana minister of state, urban local bodies said through a release on Monday afternoon that the talk of abetment to suicide of his former MDLR employee Geetika Sharma, was ridiculous and unfortunate.

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Stating that he had quit the state Cabinet to facilitate a fair investigation into the suicide by Sharma, he held that he was innocent and he was keen that the investigation was  done quickly so that the truth would come out.
 
Denying all allegations against him that he was guilty of abetting the suicide, he said on the contrary, the company and he himself encouraged Geetika when she wanted to pursue her MBA.

"We gave her Rs. 7.5 lakh for her studies and even made her chairman of the trust that ran his international school in Sirsa. I did not have any contact with her after that," he said.
 
Aruna Chadha, the MDLR group chief coordinator, however contacted Geetika as she was not reporting to work after taking the cheque. Aruna only requested her to come and sign the relevant papers pertaining to the school, he said.
 
"Her mother, in fact, spoke to me saying they would return the money. But I explained to her that I was in no hurry to get back the money. I only asked her to send Geetika to clear some pending paper work. That was all," Kanda said.

He added that the call data records were with the police and they clearly proved that he never spoke to her for over two months. Hence, the concocted story of harassment from his side was clearly unjustified.
 
Geetika was employed as an air hostess in the MDLR Airlines owned by him. She opted for ground duty on becoming senior, he said and added that however, all of a sudden, she stopped coming to office and later he heard that she took a job with the Emirates.

"She returned after eight months or so and she appeared to be disturbed. She requested us for job in our company again and we accommodated her on the basis of her good track record with our company and she was undoubtedly a good worker," he said.
 
Kanda said "We were on good terms with her family and I and my wife visited Geetika's house occasionally to meet her parents. Hence this talk of abetment to suicide is disturbing and shocking for us."

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