Air Hostess suicide: Kanda missing, his residence raided

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Gopal Kanda and Geetika Sharma
New Delhi, Aug 9: Former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda has been cornered in connection with the suicide case of Geetika Sharma. Kanda, who has been declared absconded, on Thursday, Aug 9 faced the wrath of the police as they raided Kanda's residence and other properties in and around Delhi.

Kanda on Wednesday was summoned by the Delhi police for questioning but when he did not turn up at the police headquarters, the cops began search operation to locate Kanda. However, they failed to trace his whereabouts.

Police earlier on Wednesday arrested Aruna Chadha, who is an employee in Kanda's domestic airlines - MDLR, based in Gurgaon, Haryana. 23-year-old Geetika mentioned Kanda and Chadha's names in her suicide note accusing them to compel her to take the extreme step.

Police also detained another employee of MDLR airlines, Manpreet Singh who allegedly had bought phone SIM cards on his name and gave those SIM cards to Kanda.

Kanda, who was forced to resign from his post, earlier had claimed that he did not speak to Geetika in the recent past and he even asked investigators to check his phone call details to verify his statements. But with the recent revelation in the case, police found that Kanda allegedly had harassed Geetika by call her using those SIM cards which were given by Manpreet.

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.

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. The court on Thursday will hear Kanda's anticipatory bail petition.

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