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Court rejects Kanda`s plea for staying proceedings

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 21:41

New Delhi: Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda`s plea to stay the criminal proceedings against him in air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case was dismissed Wednesday by a Delhi court.

Kanda, who along with his employee Aruna Chaddha are accused of abetting the suicide, pleaded that the proceedings be stayed till the sessions court decides his plea for supplying the documents relied upon by the police against him.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau, however, rejected his plea for staying the proceedings and listed his revision petition for tomorrow.

"I have considered the said request (stay on proceedings) and I find no ground to intervene and clarify that pendency of this revision petition before this court shall not in any manner come in the way of proceedings before the competent court which shall proceed with the same in accordance with the law," ASJ Lau said.

Kanda, who is in judicial custody, had approached the sessions court against the order of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) who had dismissed his plea for mirror images of electronic data and documents relied upon by the prosecution.

The ACMM had dismissed Kanda`s plea saying the police has already undertaken to supply it to them, as and when received from Forensic Science Laboratory.

Both Kanda and her aide Aruna Chaddha are accused of abetting Geetika`s suicide. She was found dead at her Ashok Vihar residence in Delhi on August 5.

In her August 4 suicide note, Geetika had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chaddha.

The trial court on December 3 had directed the home secretary of Delhi government to ensure expeditious probe in the case and had also criticised the police for causing delay in the proceedings.

The court`s order had come on plea by police, filed under section 309 of the CrPC, for expeditious proceedings.

Kanda and Chaddha have been charge-sheeted for abetment of suicide, criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation, forgery of valuable security, forgery with intention to cheat and harm reputation, using forged documents as genuine and destruction of evidence under the IPC.

They have also been booked under Section 66 of the Information Technology Act dealing with hacking of computers.


First Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 21:38
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