Former Haryana minister of state for home affairs Gopal Kanda today said that he quit the ministry to facilitate a fair investigation into the suicide of Geetika Sharma, a former employee of now defunct MDLR airline.
"I am innocent and I am keen that the investigation is done quickly so that the truth will come out. That's why I resigned," Kanda said in a statement.
The 23-year-old former air hostess allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Gurgaon on 4 August. On 5 August, police registered a case against the minister, who was the owner of the airline, on charges of abetting the crime.
Denying all allegations against him, Kanda said on the contrary, the company and he himself encouraged Geetika when she wanted to pursue her MBA.
"We gave her Rs 7.5 lakh for her studies and even made her chairman of the trust that runs my international school in Sirsa. I did not have any contact with her after that," the former minister said.
MDLR group chief coordinator, Aruna Chadha, contacted Geetika as she was not reporting to work after taking the cheque, the statement said. It said that Chadha requested her to come and sign the relevant papers pertaining to the school.
"Her mother, in fact, spoke to me saying they would return the money. But I explained to her that I was in no hurry to get back the money. I only asked her to send Geetika to clear some pending paper work. That was all," Kanda said.
"The call data records are with the police and they clearly prove that I never spoke to her for over two months. Hence, this concocted story of harassment from our side is clearly unjustified," the former minister said in the statement issued to the media.
"All of a sudden, she stopped coming to office and later we heard that she took a job with the Emirates. She returned after eight months or so and she appeared to be disturbed. She requested us for job in our company again and we accommodated her on the basis of her good track record with our company and she was undoubtedly a good worker," he said.
Kanda maintained that he and his wife were in good terms with the family of the deceased.
Expressing confidence that the truth will come out, he said, "We were on good terms with her family and I and my wife visited Geetika’s house occasionally to meet her parents. Hence this talk of abetment to suicide is disturbing and shocking for us."
First Published On : Aug 6, 2012 16:39 IST