Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda who is in jail over allegations of driving his employee Geetika Sharma to suicide, has reportedly confessed that he was overwhelmed by feelings of "obsession and possessiveness" for her.
Listing the various ways in which he had pursued Sharma throughout her career, Kanda has reportedly said that he "did this because of my obsession and possessiveness. I wanted her to live with me, only me, as my own.”
“I put pressure on her family members because I was not willing to let her go at any cost. I had a special friendship with her and spoke to her for hours... to win her over,” he said in the statement that the police has claimed was a confession by the former minister, the Indian Express reported.
In the document, Kanda reportedly speaks about how he hired Sharma, ensured her rise in the company, pursued her when she quit the company, ensured she lost her job with another airline, got her back in his company and finally turned her mother against her in order to get her to return to him.
The 'confession' that has been submitted by the Haryana police to the court has reportedly not been signed by the former minister, which perhaps makes it inadmissible as evidence.
23-year-old Sharma had committed suicide at her residence in Delhi in 4 August, and in her suicide note had blamed Kanda and his aide for her taking the drastic step.
The charge sheet filed by the police against Kanda and former aide Aruna Chadha has also documented how Kanda was extending undue favours to Geetika with the intention of entrapping her.
The police had also recorded Sharma's mother's statement in which she had said that Kanda tried to contact Geetika while she was studying and even went to meet her at an examination centre in the disguise of a Sikh, either on 24 May, 2010 or 3 June, 2010.
Sharma had also reportedly undergone an abortion for which Chaddha had accompanied her, the police has said in the chargesheet based on witnesses statements.
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