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Court rejects former min Kanda's anticipatory bail plea

A sessions court today rejected former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda's anticipatory bail plea in a case where he is accused of harassing former employee Geetika Sharma, which resulted in her committing suicide.

Kanda, who has been absconding since two others were arrested in the case, did not appear before the court today despite the fact the applicant for for anticipatory bail is required to be present.

Kanda (left) with Geetika's parents in Mumbai in a file photograph. Image courtesy Geetika Sharma's family.

While opposing his bail plea, the Delhi Police said that Kanda's custody was required for further investigations as he had not appeared before investigators when he was summoned. The police said he is also accused of deleting electronic data on computers of the now defunct MDLR airlines and they needed to question him in that regard.

Kanda, had alleged in his anticipatory bail application, that Geetika was a “hypersensitive girl” with “mixed emotions of love and hatred towards him” and she might have been “jilted”.

The former minister’s counsel KTS Tusli told Additional Sessions Judge Rajnish Bhatnagar that Geetika’s suicide note shows she had ”an element of jealousy and mixed emotions of love and hatred” towards his client.

The suicide note shows she had a disturbed state of mind, argued Tulsi. Tulsi also referred to another letter written by Geetika on 4 May in which she had said, “Gopal is a fraud. He always keeps bad intentions towards girls. He is a man of no shame and guilt…he also has illicit relations with another girl and has a child from her…”

Tulsi said this shows Geetika was jealous of Kanda’s relations with other girls and that the victim had an emotional attachment and wanted a relationship with him, while the latter was not willing.