Geetika case politically motivated, Kanda tells court (Second Lead)August 28th, 2012 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of his employee and former flight attendant Geetika Sharma, told a court here Tuesday that the case against him was politically motivated. He was sent to 14 days judicial custody.
Metropolitan Magistrate Devender Kumar Jangala sent the former Haryana minister to judicial custody after the end of his interrogation in police custody.
“The accused is remanded to judicial custody till Sep 11,” the court said.
Kanda personally addressed the judge and said that the case against him was politically motivated and demanded a separate vehicle for commuting between the court and jail, citing threat of physical harm to him.
The court accepted his plea and allowed him to travel between the court and jail in a separate prison vehicle, unlike other inmate who are transported in groups in vans.
“As he has been remanded to judicial custody, there is a strong possibility of physical attack upon him during the transportation from Delhi prison to court,” said Kanda’s application, moved by his counsel Somesh Arora.
Kanda told the court that some political parties had already initiated demonstrations against him and there was a possibility of physical harm to him.
“Keeping in view the safety and security of accused Kanda, he is allowed to be produced in the court in a separate jail vehicle,” said the court.
The former minister was arrested Aug 18. He remained in police custody for 10 days.
Geetika, 23, who earlier worked in Kanda’s now-defunct MDLR Airlines, died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar area.
Her two suicide notes named Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha for harassing her and driving her to suicide. Both have denied the allegations. Chaddha is in judicial custody.
After Kanda’s airlines ceased to function in 2009, Geetika was given another assignment in the group owned by him.
Kanda, who was forced to resign as minister of state for home and urban local bodies in Haryana in the face of public outcry over Geetika’s suicide, was booked for abetment to suicide by Delhi Police.
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- Chaddha's judicial custody extended till Sep 11 - Aug 30, 2012
- Kanda sent to 7 days police custody (Lead) - Aug 18, 2012
- Aruna Chaddha moves bail application - Aug 31, 2012
- Court issues warrant against Kanda (Lead) - Aug 16, 2012
- Court again rejects cops' plea seeking Chaddha's custody - Aug 21, 2012
- Kanda's police custody extended by three days - Aug 25, 2012
- Kanda, Chaddha in judicial custody till Sep 25 - Sep 11, 2012
- Kanda's anticipatory bail plea decision Friday - Aug 16, 2012
- Court again rejects cops' plea for Chaddha's custody (Lead) - Aug 21, 2012
- Hearing on Aruna Chaddha's bail plea deferred - Sep 05, 2012
- Court issues warrant against Kanda - Aug 16, 2012
- Court rejects Aruna Chaddha's bail plea - Sep 07, 2012
- Kanda sent to 7 days police custody (Third Lead) - Aug 18, 2012
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