Delhi court docket acquits Gopal Kanda in suicide case

A Delhi Court docket on Monday dominated on the 2012 Geetika Sharma suicide case, acquitting the accused HLP (Haryana Lokhit Social gathering) president Gopal Kanda.  Whereas an in depth copy of the court docket order continues to be not out but, the Further Classes Choose Vikas Dhull additionally acquitted Aruna Chadha, the second individual accused within the suicide case of the air hostess.

Timeline of the case

Geetika Sharma was an air hostess working beneath Gopal Kanda’s MLDR Airways. She was later promoted to the place of director in one of many workplaces of Mr. Kanda. On fifth August 2012, she was discovered lifeless at her residence in Ashok Vihar, northwest Delhi. Sharma left a suicide be aware behind which declared that she was taking her life due to the ‘harassment’ she confronted by the hands of Kanda and his aide Aruna Chadha.

After the incident, a case was registered towards Mr Gopal Kanda beneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the IT Act in Bharat Nagar police station. Six months after Geetika’s demise, her mom additionally dedicated suicide.

Whereas the case proceeded, Kanda needed to resign from his submit because the Minister of State for House in Haryana in the course of the rule of the congress authorities (led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda).

Kanda was dealing with a number of costs beneath completely different sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) together with Abetment of Suicide (part 306), Felony Intimidation (part 506), Destruction of Proof (part 201), Felony Conspiracy (part 120B), and Forgery (part 466).

Moreover, he was additionally dealing with costs of rape and unnatural intercourse (sections 376 and 377 respectively), as framed by the trial court docket. The Delhi Excessive Court docket later revoked these costs.

Gopal Kanda and Geetika Sharma
Picture Supply: Dailyo

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS (2012)

August 5

Geetika Sharma’s physique was found hanging at her residence. On the identical day, a suicide be aware was recovered from Geetika’s home, pointing to Kanda because the one answerable for her demise. Following this revelation, a case was filed towards Kanda by the police. Subsequently, he stepped down from his place because the minister of state for the house.

August 7

Kanda was summoned by the police for questioning. Through the interrogation, he refuted all of the allegations levied towards him.

August 8

On this present day, the police arrested Aruna Chadha, the MDLR supervisor and a co-accused within the case. On the identical time, the police declared Kanda as absconding, as he was not current at his identified places. Kanda, searching for authorized safety, utilized for anticipatory bail.

August 9

In a bid to hint Kanda, a lookout discover was issued, and his residence was subjected to a radical search.

August 17

The court docket rejected Kanda’s plea for bail, intensifying the authorized proceedings towards him.

August 18

Lastly, Kanda surrendered himself on the Ashok Vihar police station in Delhi, in reference to the case.

Kanda acquitted resulting from a scarcity of enough proof

The decide acknowledged that the prosecution didn’t show the costs towards Kanda and Chadha ‘past all affordable doubt. The court docket requested each accused to pay Rs 1 lakh in private bond and likewise demanded them to remain current in case the police determined to go towards their acquittal. 

After the judgement, Kanda gave an announcement to the media saying that your entire case was ‘made up’ and requested folks to learn the court docket order to know the case solely. 


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