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Non-bailable warrant issued against Kanda
May have slipped into Nepal 
Relative questioned in Sirsa
Tribune News Service & PTI

New Delhi/Sirsa, August 16
A Delhi court on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against absconding Haryana ex-minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of former air hostess Geetika Sharma, even as the Delhi Police picked up his relative from Sirsa for questioning.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate DK Jangala directed the Delhi Police to execute the arrest warrant against Kanda by August 24 and file its report. The police told the court that they had been unable to arrest Kanda despite their best efforts. The order on Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea has been reserved by the Delhi High Court.

Amid reports that the absconding Sirsa MLA may have slipped into Nepal to evade arrest, a 25-member Delhi Police team swooped down on the house of Bunty Bansal, son-in-law of Kanda's brother-in-law. Bansal had made a 40-minute call to someone in Nepal yesterday. He was taken into custody after brief questioning, as he could not satisfactorily answer the police queries.

The Delhi Police first raided the house of one of Bansal's associate in whose name the SIM card used to call up the Nepal number was registered. The associate told the police that though the SIM was in his name, it had always been in Bansal's possession. The team then raided Bansal's house.

A striking feature of last night’s raids was that while in all previous actions the Delhi Police had taken the local police along, this time they went ahead by themselves, giving credence to speculations of lack of faith in the Haryana Police.

Meanwhile, Kanda's aide Aruna Chaddha was today sent to judicial custody for 14 days. She was arrested on August 8 after she was called in for questioning by the police. Kanda has been on the run ever since Geetika Sharma (23) was found hanging in her flat. The former air hostess had alleged in her suicide note that she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and MDLR official Aruna Chaddha.

Not protecting Kanda: Hooda

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said the state government was not "protecting" its former minister Gopal Kanda. Asking Kanda to join the investigation, Hooda said law was taking its own course and assured all help to the Delhi Police in solving the case.

Brother seeks protection

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court put on notice the states of Delhi and Haryana and police authorities in Sirsa, Gurgaon and North-West Delhi on a petition by Kanda’s brother alleging police harassment to the family.

(Inputs from Sushil Manav & Shaurya Karanbir Gurung ) 





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