Geetika's suicide: Kanda ready to surrender to avert arrest

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Gopal Kanda
New Delhi, Aug 10: Hours after the look out notice against Gopal Kanda, the former Haryana minister on Friday, Aug 10 informed that he will surrender on Monday, Aug 13.

Kanda, who has been missing since Wednesday, took the decision to avoid arrest as he has not been left with any other options following a Delhi court's decision of rejecting his anticipatory bail plea.

Six teams of Delhi police conducted search operation to trace Kanda's whereabouts and they also informed that Kanda would be arrested as soon as police get any information about the former minister.

However, many people began criticising the police for their alleged slow movement in the investigation into the suicide case of Geetika Sharma, an ex-employee of MDLR airlines owned by Kanda. Many also accused police of helping Kanda to go underground to avoid arrest or any kind of questioning.

Police had raided Kanda's residence and office premises in Delhi and NCR region twice on Thursday but failed to trace him. They have also alerted all airports to ensure that Mr Kanda does not fly out of the country.

Kanda, who held Urban Bodies and Industry and Commerce portfolios, has been booked over abatement to suicide case.

23-year-old Geetika committed suicide on Sunday, Aug 5. She accused Kanda and another MDLR employee Aruna Chadha saying that those people compelled her to take the extreme step.

Geetika's brother was earlier quoted as saying, "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."

Her family members also claimed 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."

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.

However, recent developments in the suicide case have cornered Kanda. Police on Wednesday arrested Aruna Chadha and Manpreet Singh. According to police sources, Manpreet had allegedly taken phone SIM cards on his name and gave those SIM cards to Kanda.

Kanda also 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 calling her using those SIM cards which were given to him by Manpreet.

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