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Airhostess suicide: Kanda seeks bail, calls her 'hypersensitive'

August 09, 2012 15:13 IST
Former Haryana Minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, fearing arrest in ex-airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, on Thursday sought anticipatory bail from a Delhi court, saying she was a "hypersensitive girl" with "mixed emotions of love and hatred towards him" and she might have been "jilted".

Kanda's counsel K T S Tusli told Additional Sessions Judge Rajnish Bhatnagar that Geetika's suicide note shows she had "an element of jealousy and mixed emotions of love and hatred" towards his client.

"Nowhere has Geetika said in her note that I instigated her to commit suicide" he argued before the court, which reserved its order for 4 pm.

Tulsi referred to Geetika's August 4 suicide note, in which she had said she is "shattered from inside" as her trust is broken and that Kanda is a "fraud" and had purportedly held him and his aide Aruna Chaddah responsible for her death.

The suicide note shows she had a disturbed state of mind, argued Tulsi.

Tulsi also referred to another letter written by Geetika on May 4 in which she had said, "Gopal is a fraud. He always keeps bad intentions towards girls. He is a man of no shame and guilt...he also has illicit relations with another girl and has a child from her..."

Tulsi said this shows Geetika was jealous of Kanda's relations with other girls and that the victim had an emotional attachment and wanted a relationship with him, for which he was not willing.

"She may be jilted," Tulsi said, referring to the victim, who worked earlier in a firm owned by Kanda.

Tulsi told the court that the last phone call that Kanda had made was to Geetika's mother informing her that some papers related to Geetika's resignation have to be signed.

"Here is a case of a hypersensitive girl as merely asking for signing some papers can't be even remotely taken as intentionally abetting suicide," Tulsi added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police argued that Kanda had been showing undue favours to Geetika ever since she was given a job as an airhostess in his now-defunct airline MD in 2006. Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said Kanda and Aruna had been pressurising Geetika to come back to MDLR even when she went to join Emirates and then had lured her back by sponsoring her MBA course.

He also said Geetika was accorded out-of-turn promotions and appreciations for no good reasons.

The APP said when Geetika left MDLR in 2010 and joined Emirates, MDLR gave her a no-objection-certificate but later the company sent a letter to Emirates saying she be expelled as she had got her first job on basis of forged documents. 

All this, he said, were ways to force her to join back MDLR.

Mohan also referred to an e-mail recovered from Geetika's laptop with letters from the consulate general of India and authorities in Dubai, referring to some extradition proceedings initiated against her there on account of non-payment of money taken from a person in Dubai.

"We are examining the authenticity of these letters and mail," police said, adding it goes to show that "there is a lot behind the veil." He said Aruna has been arrested in the case and Kanda's custodial interrogation was also a must.

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