Anuradha Sharma, who hanged herself at her residence here on Friday about six months after her daughter committed suicide, was a key witness in the case who had alleged that she had received threat calls from former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda and his close aide Aruna Chadha for two consecutive days before Geetika committed suicide on August 5 last year.

Anuradha had told the police that she received a call from Aruna on August 3 at 8.39 p.m. and during the conversation that lasted over 16 minutes Aruna cast aspersions on Geetika’s character and then told Anuradha to ensure that Geetika resigned from Sundale Education Society and returned the fee paid for her enrolment in an MBA institute. The money was purportedly paid by Kanda.

A disturbed Anuradha tried to contact Kanda the next day but did not get any response from him. He called back the same day at 10.51 p.m. She asked him about the allegations made by Aruna against Geetika. Anuradha alleged that Kanda used abusive language and reiterated the same allegations, threatening to lodge a case against Geetika in Gurgaon if she did not rejoin his company, MDLR Group.

An upset Anuradha narrated the allegations to Geetika, who under tremendous mental distress allegedly hanged herself hours later.

The police probe indicated that Kanda forced Geetika to commit suicide through “malicious and wilful acts of mental torture, threat, blackmail and stress” and criminal intimidation spread over two years. According to the police, her appointment in his company, rapid promotions and strange service conditions despite her being under-aged and inadequately qualified indicated that he had “evil designs” on her right from day one.

When Geetika quit MDLR to join a Dubai-based airline, Kanda allegedly levelled against her charges of forgery, cheating and fraud forcing her to quit and return. According to the police, she underwent an abortion in March 2012 and allotment of a property to her father earlier facilitated by Kanda was cancelled a couple of days ago before her death.

The police have, in their charge-sheet, listed a series of documentary and material evidence alleging that Kanda had been putting pressure on Geetika from all quarters in a bid to make her come back to his company. He allegedly got documents forged to issue threats that she was wanted in Dubai and that she would be extradited.