New Delhi, Aug 18 (): After being absconded for thirteen days, former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, surrendered before the police on Saturday morning. The former minister who was an accused of abetting suicide of a 23-year-old former air hostess, Geetika Sharma was arrested by the Delhi police after he surrendered at Ashok Vihar police station today morning.
On Friday, the Delhi High Court rejected Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea by saying that the bail plea has to be filed by the concerned person who has been apprehending arrest. Gopal Kanda surrendered at Ashok Vihar police station, in New Delhi in the early hours of Saturday morning, and will be produced in the Rohini court at around 10 am, said the police.
“Kanda has surrendered after which he was arrested,” said P Karunakaran, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West).
Kanda who was hiding himself since the day of Geetika’s suicide is expected to be charged for destruction of evidence in the case. The accused was taken into custody and was being probed by the police. Kanda said that he is ready to cooperate with the police in their investigation. “I have come here willingly in order to assist the investigation, “said Kanda.
On Saturday night, the Delhi police arrested Gopal Kanda’s brother Govind Kanda for attacking and threatening the police. The brother of the accused denied that Gopal Kanda has been absconding.
On Thursday, Gopal kanda was issued a Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) by the Rohini Court which gave an order to the police to arrest the accused before Aug 24. The Delhi police conducted search operations in more than sixty places in Haryana, Goa and Siliguri in West Bengal. Kanda who was issued a notice to appear for investigation was last seen in his Gurgaon residence on August 8.
The charge for abetting suicide under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) holds a punishment of at least ten years imprisonment. Apart from abetting suicide, Kanda has been charged with criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence also.