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Police opposes bail to Kanda in Geetika suicide case

PTI  New Delhi, May 12, 2014
First Published: 22:51 IST(12/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:52 IST(12/5/2014)

City police on Monday in Delhi High Court opposed the bail granted to former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda in the air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case saying it had "seriously" prejudiced the trial.

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"The trial court glossed over the fact that there was no change in circumstances between the time when it had rejected the bail and when it granted the same to the accused (Kanda).

"There was only one change in circumstance, if any; the fact that co-accused Aruna Chadha was granted bail by high court on the grounds that she is a single parent of a 9-year- old girl and has to look after her ailing parents," said Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Delhi Police.

The lower court had on October 14 last year dismissed the bail plea of Kanda and, later, on March 4 of this year, granted him bail after noting that co-accused Chadha had been released on bail by the high court.

The ASG accused Kanda of trying to "over-reach" the judicial process and told Justice VP Vaish that, "the court should always be alive to the fact that here is an accused who is trying to over-reach the judicial process.

"Moreover, this is not a case of financial fraud, which is based on documentary evidence. Here, a life has been lost and a court decision should always keep this fact in mind."            

He also alleged fabrication of medical records of Kanda's wife to secure bail for the former minister, saying that while one set of records suggest that her name was Meera Devi, other records cite it to be Saraswati Devi.

Moreover, these medical records surfaced after Chadha got bail from high court on the grounds of her parents being ill, he added.

The court has now fixed May 15 as the date for hearing the plea of Ankit Sharma, brother of Geetika, seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Kanda. The counsel for the former Haryana minister would rebut submissions of Delhi Police on that date.

Kanda and Chadha are facing trial for the offence of abetting the suicide by the 23-year-old Geetika, who was earlier employed as an air hostess in Kanda's MDLR airlines.


 

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