After spending over a year in jail, former Haryana Minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, an accused in airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, was on Thursday granted interim bail till October 4 by a Delhi court to allow him to attend the state Assembly session.
Additional Sessions Judge M.C. Gupta granted the relief to Kanda considering “special circumstances” that he has to attend the Assembly session and has to look after the development of his constituency Sirsa.
The court directed Mr. Kanda to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 5 lakh and two sureties of the like amount.
It also imposed several conditions on him including that he will not leave the country and will not flee from justice.
The court had on Wednesday reserved its order on Mr. Kanda’s plea after hearing arguments from his counsel and the prosecution.
Recently, the court had also granted interim bail till November 15 to Aruna Chadha, Mr. Kanda’s employee and co-accused in the case, for attending religious and family events.
Earlier during the arguments, Mr. Kanda’s counsel had said that he is an MLA from Haryana and he wanted to attend the Assembly session for which he was seeking interim bail.
“He is an MLA from Sirsa which is a big constituency. He has to perform many obligations and welfare activities for his people. Funds for his constituency are lying unutilized. Public is suffering, in the end,” the counsel had said.
He had said Mr. Kanda had surrendered on August 18 last year had has been in custody for over an year and as investigation is complete, there is nothing left for the police to apprehend that he might hamper the case.
Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan had opposed his plea, saying, “There is reasonable apprehension of his tampering with the evidence.”
“In February 2013, there was a session of Haryana Assembly. When Kanda did not feel the need to seek bail for attending it, why is he seeking interim bail for this session? There is reasonable apprehension of him tampering with evidence.”