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Geetika Suicide: HC Denies Bail to Aruna Chaddah

The bail plea of Aruna Chaddah, a co-accused along with former Haryana Minister Gopal Goyal Kanda in air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, was today dismissed by the Delhi High Court.

"Dismissed," Justice Pratibha Rani said when senior advocate U U Lalit, appearing for Chaddah, enquired about the case after concluding his hour-long argument on the bail plea of 40-year-old accused, arrested on August 8.

Lalit began his arguments earlier for bail to Chaddah, saying "I was arrested on August 8 and (I am) in jail for last 110 days. Moreover, the charge sheet has been filed and if we go by with the charge sheet then only substantial charge against me is the abetment of suicide.

"I deserved to be released on bail as I am a woman and a single parent of a seven-year-old child. Not only that, I have got old and ailing parents to look after. I have also been subjected to custodial interrogation."

The lawyer also referred to the FIR, lodged by Geetika's mother Anuradha Sharma and her statement, recorded under section 164 of the CrPC by a metropolitan magistrate, to distinguish Chaddah's role from that of Kanda in the case.

"Except one or two occasions, all assertions (of FIR and other statements of victim's mother) were against Gopal Goyal Kanda," he said and also cited a report of a gynaecologist in support of his claim that the accused had no role.

Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, appearing for police, opposed the bail plea and said, "It is not a simple case...It is a case of continued harassment and the role of petitioner (Chaddah) is no less (serious) than (that of) Gopal Goyal Kanda."

Geetika was found dead on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note, the 23-year-old victim had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chaddah. 

Opposing the bail plea, the ASG said the accused made last call to the victim on July 26 and had all the time to travel to UAE to threaten the victim and now, a plea has been raised that she is a single parent.

The ASG said her call record details indicate about her travels to various places.

He added the information to the police suggested that Chanshiv Roop Singh Nayyar, a co-accused who had been granted bail and was to be made an approver in the case, "has left for the USA" despite being "a man of little means."

"This shows the influence of the accused. The bail should not be granted," he said.

Opposing the plea, Lalit said at the time of grant of bail, an accused has to surrender his passport and the police need to answer this as to how, the accused went away.

He also referred to a report of a gynaecologist who had said Geetika, then pregnant, had visited her clinic with Chaddah only once and after that, she (victim) came alone.

"As a fellow worker, I had introduced Geetika to my gynaecologist," Lalit said.

Earlier, the court had dismissed the bail plea of Kanda, arrested on August 18 in the case.

Kanda and Chaddah have been charge sheeted under section 306 (abetment of suicide), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201 (destruction of evidence), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery with intention to cheat), 469 (forgery with intention to harm reputation) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of Indian Penal Code.

They have also been booked under section 66-A of the Information and Technology Act which deals with hacking of computers.

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