Cops raid MDLR office with Aruna; Kanda still elusive

Even as former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda evaded arrested for the seveth day on Sunday, the Delhi Police raided the office of the his company, the MDLR group, in Gurgaon in connection with the suicide case of former airhostess Geetika Sharma, who had in her suicide note blamed Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha for her taking the extreme step.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 13, 2012 11:48 IST
Press Trust of India
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The Delhi Police on Sunday raided the office of the MDLR group in Gurgaon in connection with the former airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case. Prime suspect and former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda remained elusive even for the seventh day on Sunday, after Geetika was found hanging at her Ashok Vihar residence in New Delhi on August 5.

The police custody of Aruna Chaddha, an accused in the case, was, meanwhile, extended by a day by a Delhi court after the police claimed it has recently recovered an e-mail wherein Geetika is stated to have talked about her wish to build a career on her own.

A Delhi police team took Chaddha along with it during the raid at MDLR office and seized various documents and scanned computers, sources said. The team, which also comprised some women police officials, remained at the four-storey office building at the posh Sector 15 in Gurgaon for around two hours.

Apparently depressed over continuous mental harassment allegedly by Kanda, 23-year-old Geetika had, in her suicide note, accused the former minister of torturing her mentally after she quit Kanda's company recently. The Delhi police told the court that it has recently recovered an e-mail written by Geetika to Chaddha wherein she had said: "I will build my career on my matter how many obstacles one puts in my way."

Additional public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan argued the e-mail goes to show that Geetika was being forced to join MDLR by Chaddha and claimed that that the word "one" referred to Kanda. "The mail shows that Kanda was creating obstacles in her way by persuasions, allurements and even threats to keep her in MDLR even as she wanted to get out of it," the additional public prosecutor told metropolitan magistrate Sumedh Kumar Sethi.

Advocate BS Rana, who appeared for Chaddha, opposed the plea for police custody, saying presence of the accused was no more required for recovering any documents. He also argued that police were seeking her custody only to "fabricate" evidence against her. Chaddha was arrested on August 8 after she was called in for questioning by the police, while Kanda ignored police summons to him to appear before them after rejection of his request for more time made through his counsel.

First Published: Aug 12, 2012 20:43 IST