Geetika: No rape charge against Kanda

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 18:35 hrs

New Delhi, July 26 (IBNS) The Delhi High Court has quashed rape and unnatural sex charges against former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda in connection with ex-air hostess Geetika Sharma's suicide case.

The high court also quashed charges of abetment of rape and unnatural sex against Kanda´s aide MDLR Airlines employee Aruna Chaddha in the case.

"The Additional Sessions Judge fell into gross error in framing the charge under Sections 376/377 (rape and unnatural sex) against the co-accused Gopal Goyal Kanda which cannot be sustained. Since no charge against co-accused under these sections could have been framed, the petitioner Aruna Chaddha could not have been guilty of abetting these offences." said Justice GP Mittal during the hearing on Thursday.

On May 10, a chargesheet was filed against Kanda and Chaddha in connection with the case.

A Delhi court on May 10 said prima facie charges of rape, unnatural sex, abetment of suicide, among others under the Indian Penal Code and the Information and Technology Act violations have been made out against Kanda.

The court also transferred the case to a fast-track court.

Both were chargesheeted under section 306 (abetment to 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 the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kanda and Chaddha were booked under section 66-A of the Information and Technology Act.

Geetika was found dead on August 5 last year at her Ashok Vihar residence in North-West Delhi.

The police reportedly got a suicide note from Geetika´s apartment where she blamed Kanda for breaking her ´trust´.

She had left MDLR Airlines and joined another company.

She later quit the second job to study MBA.

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