Air Hostess suicide: Kanda likely to be grilled, arrested

Gopal Kanda and Geetika Sharma
New Delhi, Aug 8: Wednesday, Aug 8 seems to be a crucial day for former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda as sources informed that he might be grilled and arrested soon in connection with the suicide case of Geetika Sharma, an ex-employee of MDLR.

Delhi police earlier on Tuesday had issued a notice to Kanda asking him to appear before them for questioning. The former minister is expected to reach the police headquarters any time on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, sources also informed that the cops may arrest both Kanda and Aruna Chaddha, who is an employee in Kanda's domestic airlines - MDLR, based in Gurgaon, Haryana. The airlines which operated scheduled domestic services had suspended its operations in 2009.

Earlier on Tuesday, police questioned Chaddha and two other employees of MDLR. The other two persons were MDLR Group's legal adviser Ankit Ahluwalia and another employee, Mandeep Singh.

Kanda might be grilled following the call details found in Geetika's phone. Family members of Geetika had earlier claimed that a phone call from Kanda allegedly made Geetika restless on the fateful morning leading to her suicide.

Kanda, however, said that he did not speak to Geetika in the recent past and offered to give his mobile for verification. The former minister also informed that the money, which he had given to Geetika for her education, was given as a loan.

Geetika's family members said that Geetika was close to Kanda and thus he gave more than Rs 7 lakh to her for pursuing an MBA course. Kanda had also allegedly gifted a BMW car to Geetika which she returned after using for a few days.

Kanda was earlier quoted as saying, "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."

Recently, Geetika's family members released some photographs featuring Geetika and the former Haryana minister of state, urban local bodies, Gopal Kanda. Her family has so far claimed that Geetika was not just an employee for Kanda, but also shared a personal relationship with him.

However, Kanda denied all such allegations and asserted that he did not have any connection with Geetika. But the photographs proved that Kanda and Geetika had visited several places such as Shirdi, Mumbai together.

The 23-year-old former air hostess, who quit Kanda's company, took the extreme step at her North Delhi's Ashok Vihar, apparently depressed over continual mental harassment allegedly by the minister.

Earlier Geetika's brother said, "When the airline's operation was suspended, Gopal Kanda offered her another job. She refused that offer and joined Emirates in Dubai. He then wrote a letter to Emirates stating that she had a bad character, which led to her termination."

Kanda landed in legal trouble when police registered a case of abatement of suicide against him. Following the allegations and charges against him, he resigned from the government.

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