Kanda disappears, his HR manager arrested

HT Correspondent

New Delhi, Aug. 9 -- The Delhi Police have arrested the HR manager of MDLR group in connection with the suicide of 23-year-old former air hostess Geetika Sharma.

Meanwhile, former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda moved a Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail on Wednesday.

Though the police have declared him an absconder, Kanda's lawyer Ramesh Gupta said his client is not hiding and is willing to join investigation, if provided security. The bail plea filed before the Rohini district court is expected to come up for hearing on Thursday.

Aruna Chadha, who was named by Sharma in her twopage suicide note along with Kanda, had joined the investigation on Tuesday evening. After questioning her at length, the police formally arrested her on Wednesday evening.

Kanda had been asked to appear for interrogation on Wednesday, but when he didn't, the police approached the court for a non-bailable warrant. Kanda had asked the police for three days to get the legal work in order, but he was denied permission.

Various teams conducted raids at his farmhouse in Gurgaon and the MDLR office, but couldn't find him. "A nonbailable warrant has been issued against him and various teams have been sent to arrest him. We have no option but to arrest him," a senior police officer said.

Though Kanda's name had cropped up in the investigation of suicide, and he was also speaking to media, the police had chosen not to arrest him. Chadha and Ankit Ahluwalia, legal advisor of the group, had joined the investigations on Tuesday. Two more employees of MDLR were also called for questioning and police said they had also got in touch with a few others who could be treated as witnesses.

Sharma's family members said the police reacted late to the suicide and that gave Kanda time to disappear.

"We have been asking them to arrest Kanda from the very first day, but the police reacted late," said a family member. On Wednesday, police added section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code to the existing FIR.

Police said an employee of MDLR, Mandeep Singh, was assisting them in the probe.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.