Posted On Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 09:57:01 AM
Former minister of Haryana Gopal Goyal Kanda, a key accused in the suicide case of 23-year-old Geetika Sharma, was remanded in police custody for seven days by a court in Delhi on Saturday.
|The police will also match semen sample of Kanda with the deceased woman’s vaginal swabs
The former minister, who had been on the run for the past 10 days, surrendered before the police early in the morning. He was left with little option after the Delhi high court rejected his anticipatory bail plea a day earlier.
An independent legislator, Kanda resigned from the ministry a day after Geetika was found dead. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate D K Jangala remanded Kanda in police custody after the Delhi police said THAT they needed his sustained custodial interrogation. The police said they needed to recover various documents as well as some hard drives which had been missing from the office of the MDLR Group.
The computers are expected to give crucial leads in the case. The police also said that they needed to confront Kanda with other documents which they have recovered till now. During the hearing, the police sought Kanda’s remand for 14 days, saying that he is the sole source through whom they can collect all the documents and key evidence relating to the case.
Many of his supporters were stopped from entering the courtroom with police personnel bolting the door from the inside. The courtroom was packed to capacity when Kanda was brought in.
Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, who appeared for Kanda, vehemently opposed the plea made by the Delhi police for 14-days custody. Gupta said that his client was not an absconder as was termed by the police and that he had surrendered at a police station.
He said that no purpose would be served by keeping his client in police custody as the police had already searched his premises and office. On Thursday, a magistrate’s court had issued a non-bailable warrant against the former minister from Haryana.
The court had asked the police to execute the arrest warrant by August 24. Kanda had gone underground on August 8 when he was served with a notice to join investigations.
He had sought anticipatory bail from a sessions court and the Delhi high court, but the same was turned down. Kanda’s employee, Aruna Chaddha, a senior functionary with the now-defunct MDLR airlines, has already been arrested and is in judicial custody in connection with the suicide of Geetika Sharma.
The air-hostess allegedly took her life on August 5 at her New Delhi residence. In her suicide note, Geetika had alleged that Kanda and Chaddha had been harassing her to rejoin the former minister’s firm after she had quit the job.
Kanda and Chaddha have denied the allegation. Meanwhile, the police plan to match the vaginal swab taken from Geetika Sharma with the semen samples of Kanda whom she had blamed for her death.
An official of the Delhi police said they planned to match the samples taken from the young woman with that of Kanda.