Geetika suicide: Police denied custody of Chaddha (Lead)

August 20th, 2012 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Aruna Chaddha, an accused in former flight attendant Geetika Sharma’s suicide case, was Monday sent to judicial custody for a day by a Delhi court which rejected a police plea for her three-day custody.

Investigators had sought the police remand of the official of the now-defunct MDLR Airlines and Geetika’s colleague to bring her face to face with co-accused, her employer and Haryana’s former minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, whose brain mapping was being considered by interrogators.

Metropolitan Magistrate Vipin Kharb extended Chaddha’s judicial custody till Tuesday and told Delhi Police they could move a fresh application for her interrogation.

The court rejected the investigators’ application for her police remand for three days, saying that they had failed to show any documents related to the recovery of any computer hard disks from her office or home.

“Despite being given an opportunity, police could not show any documents to show that they recovered the hard disk. The application of police seeking police custody of the accused is hereby dismissed,” said the court.

Police told the court that the recovery documents could not be placed before it as these were with the investigation team which had gone with Kanda to search his Gurgoan office.

Chaddha was arrested Aug 8 and remained in police custody till Aug 16. After that the court sent her to judicial custody.

The court Aug 18 issued production warrant against Chaddha while sending Kanda to seven days’ police custody. He surrendered before police earlier the same day.

Police requested the court to hand over Chaddha’s custody to them to question her on the two hard disks recovered after Kanda’s arrest.

Investigators told the court that Chaddha’s custody was also required to question her on the statement given by Kanda during interrogation.

Chaddha’s counsel and senior advocate Kirti Uppal opposed the police remand plea, saying that further interrogation of his client was not needed.

“Chaddha has already been interrogated and she told everything that she knew,” said Uppal.

Kanda was earlier on the run since Aug 8 after Geetika, 23, accused him and Chaddha, of harassing her and forcing her to commit suicide. She died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar. Both Kanda and Chaddha have denied the allegations.

Charges of criminal intimidation and abatement to suicide were slapped on Kanda and Chaddha over the suicide.

Police told reporters that Kanda would undergo brain mapping. Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Karunakaran said: “If required, we will do that. We will take him to all places where we feel probe is required.”

Kanda owned the MDLR Airlines where Geetika worked as a flight attendant. After the airlines ceased to function in 2009, she was given a job in another company owned by him.

According to Geetika’s brother, his sister was being constantly mentally harassed by Kanda and Chaddha. Kanda resigned from the Haryana ministry after Geetika’s suicide.

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