Kanda's brother in net as police wait for him

Midnight vigil at police station, arrest imminent

Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda’s brother was detained after midnight Friday amid speculation that the main suspect in the Geetika Sharma suicide case too was about to surrender.

The surrender talk began soon after the Delhi High Court dismissed Gopal Kanda's anticipatory bail plea – on the ground that it was not filed by the person apprehending arrest.

A day earlier, the same court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him. And police had conducted several raids trying to track him down.

Past midnight, Kanda was expected to turn up at the Ashok Vihar police station. Around this time police sources reported that his brother Govind Kanda had been detained.

However, another relative picked up on Thursdsay earlier in Sirsa in Haryana was released earlier in the day. 

Earlier, hearing Kanda's anticipatory bail application, Justice P K Bhasin observed that the application filed was signed by Kanda’s brother, Govind Kanda.

 “In my view, this anticipatory bail application is liable to be rejected, without going into the merits at all, only on the ground that the same has not been filed by the person (Kanda) apprehending his arrest,” Justice Bhasin said in the order.

The court observed that Kanda appears to be sitting comfortably somewhere without any apprehension about his arrest. It was also highlighted that Kanda himself had not sworn an affidavit in support of the application.

“Considering the fact that Gopal Goyal Kanda is a free man, at least at present point of time, he alone could have moved the anticipatory bail application supported by his own affidavit and in the absence of his having done so, this application cannot be considered by this court to have actually been filed by him,” Justice Bhasin said.

He had moved Delhi High Court on Monday seeking an anticipatory bail claiming that 23-year-old Geetika was hypersensitive in nature and was unable to strike a balance between her personal life and work ethics.

Sources in the Delhi police have refuted speculations that Kanda has left the country and taken refuge in Nepal or Dubai. “We are confident that Kanda is hiding within India and is changing locations, but he is keeping his family members informed about his whereabouts,” the source said.

Cops have also released Kanda’s relative Bunty Bansal who was detained for questioning during raids in Sirsa on Thursday.

“Bunty was detained after we suspected that hehad a 40 minute chat with Kanda. We had our doubts, so we questioned him and released him after being sure that he would not be able to guide us to Kanda,” the source added.

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