New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda. Mr Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of the 23-year-old former air hostess, has been missing for the last eight days.
Rejecting the bail plea, the judge said that Mr Kanda has not been cooperating with the investigative agency. “Police served him notice to join investigation but he never showed up. He should have himself filed anticipatory bail application himself. It was signed by his brother.”
Mr Kanda’s lawyer Kapil Sangla, meanwhile, said, “The matter has been dismissed by the honourable court on a technicality without going into the merits of the case. We will explore the options and accordingly take appropriate action,” said Mr Sangla.
A trial court had issued a non-bailable warrant against the former Haryana minister yesterday. Delhi Police have to arrest the politician before August 24, failing which he will be declared an absconder.
Ten teams of the Delhi Police have raided and searched many places in Haryana, Delhi, UP, and even Sikkim and Goa, but have failed to trace Mr Kanda.
Geetika Sharma hanged herself at her Delhi home on August 5; she named Mr Kanda and his employee, Aruna Chaddha, in a suicide note, saying they had been harassing her. Mr Kanda, before he went missing, had denied any harassment of Ms Sharma, who had worked in several of his companies in the last six years.