Gopal Kanda under 14 days of Police custody
After being on the run for 10 days, controversial former Haryana minister Gopal Kandasurrendered before police in the early hours on Saturday and was arrested in connection with the suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma.
Kanda, who was absconding for the past 10 days after police served him a notice to appear before them to join investigations, surfaced at Bharat Nagar Police Station at 4am. Before entering the police station, he told reporters that he was joining investigations as directed by the Delhi Police.
“Kanda has surrendered and we have arrested him,” P Karunakaran, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) said. Delhi Police had conducted over 60 searches and raids in Haryana, Goa and Siliguri in West Bengal, besides questioning around 30 people in connection with the case. His brother Govind Kanda was also arrested on Friday for allegedly helping Kanda evade police.
Kanda’s employee, Aruna Chaddha, a senior functionary with now defunct MDLR airlines, has already been arrested and is in judicial custody in connection with the suicide of 23-year-old air hostess Geetika Sharma, who allegedly took her life on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence.
In her suicide note, Geetika had alleged that Kanda and Chaddha were harassing her to rejoin the former minister’s firm after she left the job.