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HC rejects bail plea of Chaddha, again

PTI  New Delhi, December 03, 2012
First Published: 19:20 IST(3/12/2012) | Last Updated: 19:21 IST(3/12/2012)

The Delhi high court on Monday dismissed the bail plea of Aruna Chaddha, charged with abetting the suicide of airhostess Geetika Sharma.

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"Dismissed," justice Pratibha Rani said when senior advocate UU Lalit, appearing for Chaddha, enquired about the case after concluding his hour-long argument on the bail plea of 40-year-old Chaddha, arrested on August 8.

Lalit, on the behalf of Chaddha, said: "I was arrested on August 8 and (I am) in jail for the past 110 days. The chargesheet has been filed and if we go with the chargesheet, only substantial charge against me is the abetment of suicide.

"I deserved to be released on bail as I am a woman and a single parent of a seven-year-old child.

Moreover, I have old and ailing parents to look after. I have also been subjected to custodial interrogation."

The lawyer also referred to the FIR, lodged by Geetika's mother Anuradha Sharma and her statement, recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC by a metropolitan magistrate, to distinguish Chaddha's role from that of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda in the case.

"Except one or two occasions, all assertions (of FIR and other statements of the victim's mother) were against Kanda," he said and also cited a report of a gynaecologist in support of his claim that the accused had no role.

Additional solicitor general Siddharth Luthra, appearing for police, opposed the bail plea and said: "It is not a simple case...it is a case of continued harassment and the role of petitioner (Chaddha) is no less (serious) than (that of) Kanda."

Geetika was found dead at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi on August 5.

In her August 4 suicide note, the 23-year-old victim had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chaddha.

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