Court extends Aruna Chaddha's judicial custody till Sept 11

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New Delhi, Aug 30: A Delhi court today extended till Sept 11 the judicial custody of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda's employee Aruna Chaddha, accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Devender Kumar Jangala remanded Chaddha to 12-days judicial custody after the police said that the investigation in the case is still going on. Chaddha was produced in the court after the expiry of her 14-day judicial custody.

The police had failed twice to secure the custody of 40-year-old Chaddha as the investigators were unable to give fresh and cogent reasons to the court for her custodial interrogation. She had remained in police custody for eight days.

Police had again sought her custody to confront her with case's key accused Kanda, who is also in judicial custody till Sept 11, and the documents recovered at the behest of the former Haryana minister after his arrest and custodial interrogation.

Chaddha was arrested on Aug 8 when she was called by the police for questioning and was later sent to judicial custody on Aug 16 for 14 days.

Kanda was arrested on Aug 18 after he had surrendered before the police, almost 13 days after former air hostess Geetika Sharma was found hanging in her flat on Aug 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in north-west Delhi.

He remained in police custody for a total of 10 days. In the suicide note found at her residence, 23-year-old Geetika had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and now-defunct airlines MDLR official Aruna Chaddha. Both Kanda and Chaddha have been accused of abetting Geetika's suicide.

PTI

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