NEW DELHI: Nearly a month after the city police filed chargesheet against him in the air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda today moved Delhi High Court against the trial court's order dismissing his bail plea.
The plea is likely to be listed for hearing tomorrow before the court of Justice P K Bhasin.
On September 20, the trial court had denied bail to Kanda, who has been in jail since August 18, saying further probe was needed in view of a police report that the victim was pregnant in March this year.
"In the police file, there is report of a private gynaecologist which shows applicant/accused and victim had visited the clinic on March 9, 2012 and the victim woman was pregnant. This may be one of the cause for her first suicide note dated May 4," the court had said.
Taking note of the report of the gynaecologist, the court had also said, "It may be one of the causes for her to think about suicide and write a suicide note on May 4 but somehow she changed her mind. However, pressure tactics of accused allegedly continued and she was telephonically contacted to join duty," the court noted.
23-year-old Geetika was found dead on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note, Geetika said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and his aide Aruna Chaddah, co-accused in the case. They, however, denied the charge.
Earlier, Kanda's anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the trial court and the Delhi High Court, following which he surrendered before the police on August 18.
The trial court had also rejected Chaddah's bail on September 7 and October 15.
She had sought bail on the ground that she is a single-parent and has a seven-year-old daughter and also old parents to look after.
On October 6, the city police had filed a charge sheet before the trial court against Kanda and Chaddah for allegedly being involved in "a series of wilful and malicious acts of mental torture, threat, blackmail and stress" on Geetika which led to her suicide.
The police accused the duo of "harassing, conspiring, intimidating and creating an atmosphere of terror and continuous pursuit" in the victim's mind that "she found no option but to end her life".
The charge sheet, which run into 1020 pages, cited 65 prosecution witnesses including the gynaecologist who had aborted Geetika's pregnancy in March 2012.
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.