STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 4 September
Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, accused in airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, today sought interim bail on the grounds that he would "attend state assembly session and discharge his obligation towards his constituency."
Kanda’s counsel, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, said during the trial, "He (Kanda) is an MLA from Haryana and he wants to attend the assembly session for which he is seeking interim bail… He is an MLA from Sirsa, which is a big constituency. He has to perform many obligations and welfare activities for his people. Funds for his constituency are lying unutiliszed. Public is suffering, in the end."
He added that Kanda has been in custody for over 14 months now and the police investigation is complete and there is nothing left for the police to apprehend that he might hamper the case.
Additional Sessions Judge M C Gupta reserved his order on Kanda’s plea after hearing arguments from his counsel and the prosecution.
"There is reasonable apprehension of his tampering with the evidence… In February 2013, there was a session of Haryana assembly. When Kanda did not feel the need to seek bail for attending it, why is he seeking interim bail for this session? There is reasonable apprehension of him tampering with the evidence," said the Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan, while opposing the plea.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police also moved an application for reducing the period of interim bail granted to Kanda’s co-accused Aruna Chadha. Aruna was granted interim bail till 11 November on Monday for attending religious and family events.