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Chargesheet filed against Kanda in Geetika case
Himani Chandel
Tribune News Service

Geetika SharmaNew Delhi, October 6
Almost two months after Geetika Sharma, former employee of MDLR Airlines, committed suicide at her Delhi’s Ashok Vihar residence, the police today filed a chargesheet in the case accusing former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha of conspiring to intimidate the victim to take the extreme step.

The chargesheet, running into more than 1,000 pages, has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, including 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 468 (forgery for cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471(using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 66A IT Act (sending offensive and false messages) apart from 306 (abetment to suicide) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

The police filed the chargesheet in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate DK Jangala. The ACMM took cognisance of the chargesheet and posted the matter for hearing on October 9.

Geetika, 23, a former flight attendant of MDLR Airlines, had in her suicide note accused Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha of harassing and forcing her to take the extreme step. She died on the night of August 4-5 at her Delhi house.

“We have enough evidence against the accused. The case has become almost clear. Kanda was forcing Geetika to join back his company,” said a senior Delhi Police official.

Geetika’ family members said they want that strict punishment should be given to Kanda. “He should not be granted bail as that can hamper the investigation. He is an influential politician and can go to any extent,” said Geetika’s brother Ankit.

Senior Delhi police officials said Kanda had forcibly registered two to three societies in Geetika’s name. It also has enough evidence to prove him culpable for offences committed under the Information Technology (IT) Act, the officials said.

Three days after Geetika committed suicide on August 5, Kanda went underground even as the Delhi Police sent him a notice to join investigations. He sought anticipatory bail, but his pleas were turned down. He was finally arrested on August 18 after he surrendered before the police, almost 13 days after former air hostess was found dead.

The police questioned several of Kanda’s MDLR Group employees, including Ankita Singh, Khushboo Sinha, Shivroop and starlet Nupur Mehta.

The suicide story

Aug 4-5: Geetika Sharma, 23, commits suicide

Aug 8: Police arrests Aruna Chadha

Aug 18: Kanda surrenders

Aug 25: Court extends his police remand

Aug 28: Kanda sent to 14-day judicial custody

Sept 11: Custody extended for 14 days

Sept 25: Custody extended again for 11 days

Oct 6: Police files chargesheet





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