Judge recuses himself from hearing Kanda's bail plea

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 02, 2012 06:20 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Delhi High Court Judge P.K. Bhasin Friday recused himself from hearing the bail plea of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetment in the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma.

Justice Bhasin recused himself without citing any reason and posted the matter for Nov 6 before another bench.

Kanda Thursday moved the court seeking bail, challenging the trial court order that dismissed his bail plea.

Geetika, 23, died on the night of Aug 4-5 at her house in Delhi's Ashok Vihar area.

Her two suicide notes named Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha, a former official in Kanda's now-defunct MDLR Airlines where Geetika had worked. Both denied any involvement in the suicide.

The trial court Sep 20 rejected Kanda's bail plea and observed that the investigation was at an initial stage and the release of the accused on bail could hamper the investigation.

The court also asked police to probe if there was a link between the former flight attendant's death and her pregnancy.

Kanda was forced to resign as minister of state for home and urban local bodies in Haryana in the face of public outcry over Geetika's suicide.

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