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Geetika suicide: Kanda, Chaddha to be in judicial custody till 12 Oct

New Delhi: A Delhi court today extended till 12 October the judicial custody of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his aide Aruna Chaddah, arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of former air hostess Geetika Sharma.

While extending their judicial custody, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate D K Jangala asked their counsel to complete the process of scrutiny of documents, filed along with the charge sheet.

Geetika Sharma and Gopal Kanda.

Kanda and Chaddah were produced before the court after expiry of their judicial custody. Geetika was found dead on 5 August at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. In her 4 August suicide note, she had said she was ending her life due to "harassment"  by Kanda and Chaddah, a charge denied by them.

The charge sheet said the investigation has disclosed that Geetika committed suicide as a result of a "series of wilful and malicious acts of mental torture, threat, blackmail and stress by accused persons which created a situation that instigated her to commit suicide".

Kanda and Chaddah have been charge sheeted under various provisions of the IPC relating to abetment of suicide, criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation, destruction of evidence and forgery. They have also been booked under the Information and Technology Act which deals with hacking of computers.

Kanda was arrested on 18 August after he had surrendered before the police and Chaddah was arrested on 8 August.

PTI

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