Kanda sent to judicial custody for 14 days

Allowed separate car for security

Key accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, was on Tuesday sent to 14-day judicial custody by Rohini District Court.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Devender Kumar Jangala also accepted Kanda’s plea for a separate vehicle for transportation to and from Tihar Jail and court due to security reasons.

The 46-year-old chairman and managing director of MDLR Group, accused of hounding his employee Geetika to death, was remanded to judicial custody till September 11 after Delhi Police refused further extension of his custodial interrogation.

Kanda was produced before the court after expiry of his three-day police custody which was extended on August 25 after seven days of custodial interrogation.

Meanwhile, Kanda told the court that the case was politically motivated and highlighted that some political parties had already initiated demonstrations against him. Citing threat of physical harm, he also moved an application requesting a separate vehicle for transportation from jail to court.

Kanda said as he is a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly and represents Sirsa constituency as an independent candidate, he feared that he could be attacked in a jail van. His plea was accepted without any objection.

“Considering the security and safety of the accused, he is allowed to have a separate vehicle,” the court said.

The court also allowed Kanda’s plea to be allowed to carry his medicines in the jail as he is a patient of high blood pressure.

Cops are also considering charging him for destruction of evidence under section 201 of the Indian Penal Code. His aide Ankita Chaddha, arrested on August 8, is also in judicial custody.

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