Delhi police summon Kanda, file new charges

Delhi police have summoned former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda to join the investigation in the suicide case of his 23-year-old former employee Geetika Sharma. His name along with his company’s human resource manager Aruna Chadda had appeared in the suicide note written by Geetika.

“We have issued a notice to Gopal Kanda and summoned him to join investigation into the suicide case. Two police officials were sent to his house in Gurgaon to serve the notice on Tuesday evening,” said deputy commissioner of police (north west) P Karunakarn.

Geetika, a resident of Ashok Vihar in north-east Delhi and former employee of Kanda-owned MDLR Group, committed suicide at her house on Sunday, leaving a two-page suicide note alleging that Kanda and Chadda mentally harassed, cheated and broke her trust. MDLR Group legal advisor Ankit Ahluwalia appeared before investigators on Tuesday, but Chadda did not turn up. Police are now planning to take legal action against Chadda for not heeding to a notice served to him on Monday.In a press conference in Gurgaon on Tuesday, Chaddha said she got a notice from Delhi police and will join the investigation starting Wednesday. “We are analysis evidence and making links in the case,” said Karunakarn.
Geetika’s laptop has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory and police are examining
her mobile phone call records.

Police have also filed a fresh case under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the India Penal Code on Tuesday against Kanda. Police added the charge after Geetika’s mother, Anuradha Sharma, mentioned in the FIR that on August 4 she had spoken to Kanda over telephone and he confirmed that Aruna wanted Geetika to sign some documents, failing which a case would be registered against her daughter with Haryana police.

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