Kanda moves HC for bail: ‘Geetika suicide act of a frustrated person’
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Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, who is absconding, moved the Delhi High Court on Monday for anticipatory bail in the Geetika Sharma suicide case. Kanda sought bail on the grounds that Geetika was "hypersensitive" and the act of suicide on her part was that of a "confused and frustrated individual".
Appearing for Kanda, senior advocate K T S Tulsi submitted the anticipatory bail plea before a Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Vipin Sanghi. The matter is listed for hearing on Tuesday. Kanda has been accused of abetting the suicide of Sharma, a former airhostess of his defunct MDLR airline. A trial court had earlier dismissed his bail plea on August 9.
In his bail plea, Kanda contended that Sharma was not able to strike a balance between her personal life and work. "The deceased was a person of hypersensitive nature who was unable to deal with the ordinary petulance or strike a balance between her personal life and work ethics," the bail plea said.
Further, he said "the very reading of the suicide note makes it abundantly clear that the act of suicide on the part of the deceased was not the handiwork of sound mind but that of a confused and frustrated individual".
"There is nothing in the FIR or in the suicide note that the applicant ever goaded, urged, prompted, incited or encouraged the deceased to commit suicide," the bail plea said.
Kanda submitted to the High Court that the suicide note is inadmissible under Section 10 of the Indian Evidence Act as it does not constitute dying declaration under the same Act. Claiming that he is a respectable citizen, Kanda said there was no likelihood of his absconding or delaying the case trial
"He is willing and undertakes to abide with all conditions imposed by the High Court while granting bail. He is ready to join investigation as and when required by the investigating agency," the bail plea further said.
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