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Kanda gives in, sent to police custody
New Delhi, Aug 18, 2012, DHNS:
After the double blow of Gopal Goyal Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea being dismissed and a non-bailable warrant being issued, the former Haryana minister surrendered at a police station in Delhi during the early hours of Saturday.
Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of his MDLR Group ex-employee Geetika Sharma, was subsequently arrested and later in the day produced before Rohini court in north Delhi after medical examination. Geetika’s brother Ankit alleged that Kanda’s surrender was a “pre-planned drama” and the government was helping him.
The 46-year-old has been absconding since August 8 after police served him a notice to appear before them.
At the court, Kanda was remanded in seven days’ police custody by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Devender Kumar Jangala for questioning, collection of details of e-mail addresses and mobile phone call records.
Police sought 14 days’ custody saying it would help them recover vital evidence as they contend that Kanda had gone into hiding after removing his office laptop, desktop computer and other electronic gadgets.
But Kanda’s lawyer Ramesh Gupta opposed the plea saying that his client was not an absconder. “They have tarnished the image of my client and want to tarnish it further by using judicial process and keeping him in custody,” Gupta said.
After a dramatic build-up in which his brother Govind was arrested on Friday night, Kanda surfaced at Ashok Vihar police station at 4 am on Saturday.
Soon after Kanda emerged from a van with media stickers in front of the police station, some policemen rushed out and took him inside.
“I came here on my own will to help the investigation,” Kanda told waiting mediapersons before entering the police station.