STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 5 September
A city court today granted interim bail till 4 October to former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda, accused in former airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, to attend state assembly session.
While granting the relief to Kanda, Additional Sessions Judge, M C Gupta, directed him that on the date of his surrendering in the court, he shall file certificate regarding his attendance during the session in Vidhan Sabha, Haryana, issued by competent authority.
"Having regard to all the facts and circumstances and for the adequate and sufficient reasons explained that the applicant (Kanda) is the MLA and it being the last session of Vidhan Sabha of Haryana whose term is going to expire in the near future, his attendance in the Vidhan Sabha is required to prepare and put important questions regarding the development of his constituency and to prepare and seek queries regarding the fund allocation and its utilization for his constituency," said the court in its order. The accused was also directed to furnishing a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh and two sureties of like amount. He has been directed to surrender in court on October 4 by 10 a.m.
The judge also considered the summons from the Haryana Governor and an application received by Kanda from the Law Officer of the Secretary, Haryana Assembly, to participate in the session. It also imposed some other conditions on his release like he shall not tamper with the evidence or flee from justice or leave the country without the permission of this court.
The accused was also directed not to indulge in any act which may affect the interest of justice and furnish all details of his permanent and present residential and official addresses, mobile numbers and intimate the investigating officer of the case about any changes in them.
Earlier on 2 September, Kanda’s co-accused and his employee, Aruna Chadha, was granted interim bail till November 15 to attend religious and family events. While Chadha was arrested on 8 August last year, Kanda had surrendered on 18 August last year. Both are accused of abetting the suicide of the 23-year-old former airhostess who was earlier employed in Kanda’s MDLR airlines. Besides, they have also been charged with forgery for cheating and harming the reputation of the victim and under the Information Technology Act for sending fake e-mails to the victim.