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Kanda denies charges, says wants fair probe

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh , August 05, 2012
First Published: 21:26 IST(4/8/2012) | Last Updated: 18:29 IST(7/8/2012)

Gopal Kanda, former Haryana minister of state for home, said on Monday that the charges of abetment to suicide of his former MDLR employee Geetika Sharma were "ridiculous and unfortunate".

In a press release issued on Monday afternoon, 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 keen that the investigation was completed quickly so that the truth comes out.

Denying all charges of abetting the suicide, the Independent MLA from Sirsa, said that on the contrary, he and his company encouraged Geetika when she wanted to pursue her MBA.

"We gave her Rs. 7.5 lakh for her studies and even made her chairperson of the trust that ran my 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 for work after taking the cheque. Aruna only requested her to come and sign the relevant papers pertaining to the school, 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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