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Updated: August 19, 2012 03:23 IST

7-day police custody for Kanda

Jiby Kattakayam
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Former Haryana Home Minister Gopal Kanda. File photo: PTI
PTI Former Haryana Home Minister Gopal Kanda. File photo: PTI

A court here on Saturday remanded the former Haryana Minister, Gopal Goyal Kanda, in Delhi Police custody for seven days in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said that while Geetika’s suicide note had named Mr. Kanda, all circumstances of her death could be unearthed only after he was subjected to sustained interrogation. In this context, the prosecutor pointed out that Geetika, who joined the MDLR group as a 17-year-old in 2006, tried to end her association with Mr. Kanda during 2007-2009. She killed herself in her house here on August 5.

Mr. Mohan said the hard disks of computers from which emails were sent to Geetika were missing. Mr. Kanda used mobile phones registered in the names of his employees to call and SMS Geetika, he said.

Mr. Mohan said Mr. Kanda had to be quizzed about discrepancies in the papers of the Sundale Education Society, in which he had appointed Geetika chairman and in the MDLR group, in which she was appointed director.

Investigation revealed that papers purportedly pertaining to extradition proceedings by Dubai authorities against Geetika were forged, Mr. Mohan said. The allegation that she borrowed money from a colleague in Dubai was also found to be false.

Seeking 14 days’ custody of the accused, Mr. Mohan asked Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D.K. Jangala to take note of the conduct of the accused, who had evaded summons for the last 10 days.

Defence counsel Ramesh Gupta said the police seeking non-bailable warrants against Mr. Kanda even as his anticipatory bail plea was pending before the Delhi High Court revealed their “mala fide intention”. He pointed out that his client was not yet named a proclaimed offender by the court.

Mr. Gupta said the link between Geetika’s suicide note and Mr. Kanda was “not even remotely well-founded” and that there was nothing in the case that required the police to subject the politician to sustained interrogation.

The police might seek custody of Mr. Kanda’s alleged accomplice, Aruna Chaddha, on Monday to confront her with him.

The culprit must be brought to justice. He must be punished. Let us
strengthen the Indian judicial system and demonstrate convincing action
against the power abuser. Already Anna Hazare & team and Baba Ramdev &
follower's actions have proved futile. Its high time to build faith in
Indian judicial system. Should we just remain in 'Wait and Watch' mode?

from:  Thomas
Posted on: Aug 19, 2012 at 04:20 IST

1. Such a shame that these are the people who are running our country. I wish our election commission make rule for restricting any member who has got committed such crimes.

2. Male dominance is more seen in Northern Indian states, because women out there do not support women to grow, a very bitter fact, which can also be seen in this case. And at the end antisocial men exploits women by using other women. Law and order do not work for such anti-social elements so they have been given the status of anti-social. Nevertheless, I still wish whoever involved in this case get punished for there wrong deeds.

from:  Dinesh Kabra
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 16:10 IST

Now that the former "Minister" has been arrested,he should be thoroughly investigated for
his alleged involvement in Gettika suicide case.Also he should be penalized for evading arrest
for so many days by going "underground".

from:  Aakash Gupta
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 14:46 IST

Its shameful for our law and order system, who is failed to trace the most popular former Haryana Home minister Mr Gopal Kanda from more than 10 days. what we will expect that your police will trace the terrorist?

from:  Rishabh Sharma
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 13:31 IST

Shamleless minister. There is no law & order and these people easily can come out and the case will be running for years without any judgement. He also will remain safe and holding minister position. There is no safety for women, India's independence after 66 years is being looted by these politicians. Women are molested, raped, harassed everyday. When a woman can go out and come with peacefully, that is the day we consider achived true independence.
Instead of correcting their behaviors, they ask women to dress properly. Country like Singapore is true independence, where I had seen women working in shifts too without any problem, because their law is strict and punishment for molestation is canning.

from:  PG Babu
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 12:35 IST

Gopal Kanda should be prisoned for life for taking the life of Geeta. It
is very clear using his political muscle he possibly fabricated a lot of
stories right from kicking her out of her Emirates job, then sending
those false letters.. . all india should join in getting evidence
against this monster. IF any of you have been deceived by this guy, this
is the time to join together and file your case...please save the
innocent. IT is clear he had tried to abuse Geeta... People of India,
please don't sit quiet. Let's fight this battle together....

from:  Brigadier Singh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 11:26 IST

Human life is never valued in India and is very cheap. Kanda will go scot free within a matter of days/weeks and will have the last laugh. To consider that this shameless individual was part of the Congress led government in Haryana just goes to show that it is willing to go to any lengths to remain in power without following any principles and morals. I shudder to think as to where we are heading to as a country.

from:  Ashwin kamath
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:54 IST

Finally he has been trapped. Indian society is male dominant, so male always feels
the upper hand on the opposite sex and same is the case seems to be with Mr.
Kanda who harassed Geetika.
He was guilty thats why he was on the run. Investigating team should take strict
measures so that such episode should not occur in future.

from:  kanwar Bhushan Rohta
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 09:57 IST
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