Geetika case: Kanda's brother gets interim bail



New Delhi: Govind Kanda, brother of former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda who is an accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, was today granted interim bail by a Delhi court in a case of evading appearance in a 14-year-old cheque bounce case.

District Judge (DJ) H S Sharma granted interim bail to Govind till September 21 on a personal bond of Rs 10,000 with a surety of the like amount.

Gopal Kanda, who is presently in judicial custody in the Geetika suicide case, is also an accused in the case which was recently lodged by the Delhi police after court's direction.

Kanda and his brother Govind were declared proclaimed offenders in the cheque bounce case which they had settled out of court last month.

The police had registered a case against Kanda brothers under section 174 A (punishment for non-appearance in response to court proclamation) of the IPC.

The duo were declared proclaimed offenders in the cheque bounce case in May this year.

Metropolitan Magistrate Vikrant Vaid, who had directed the police to lodge the case against Kandas, had said that evading court summons and warrants is different from cheque bounce case and acquittal in one case does not absolve anyone of the second offence.

"The acquittal of the accused in the compoundable offence under section 138 of the NI act does not bar investigation into the offence under section 174 A of the IPC," the magistrate had said.

The brothers had been facing summons and warrants issued by a Delhi court since 1998 in the cheque bounce case related to dishonour of a Rs 4.10 lakh cheque issued by them.

In May this year, the court had declared both brothers as proclaimed offenders for not responding to its summons and avoiding its warrants.

The cheque bounce case was settled between the two parties on August 27 after the brothers paid the amount of Rs 4.10 lakh to the complainant.

If Kanda brothers are convicted under section 174 A of the IPC, they could get a maximum punishment of three years.

Gopal Kanda had resigned as Harayna's minister of state for home after he was charged with abetting the suicide of his former employee Geetika.

Gopal and his aide Aruna Chaddha are presently in jail under judicial custody for their alleged role in the Geetika suicide case.

In the August 4 suicide note found at her residence, 23-year-old Geetika had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Gopal Kanda and his now-defunct airlines MDLR's official Chaddha.

PTI