Geetika case: HC orders probe into claim of parents of accused

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Crime Branch of the city police to probe allegations made by the parents of an absconding co-accused in air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case.

The parents of Chand Shivroop Singh, who has allegedly fled to the US, have they have been "pressurised" to lodge false cases against former former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda ó the prime accused in the case ó and his family members.

Shivroop, who was granted bail as a bailable provision of the IT Act was invoked against him, had later allegedly consented to become an approver by recording his statements against Kanda and another co-accused, Aruna Chaddah. When Shivroop did not appear before the trial court on November 30 last year, the police claimed he had fled to the US with connivance of Kanda to save him.

Shivproop's parents Harminder Singh and Gurmeet Kaur and his brother Ikroop Singh had recently moved the high court alleging that the police have been asking them to implicate Kanda and his family. "The son of the petitioner parents cannot go outside India because police has confiscated the passport of their son," the plea, filed through lawyer S S Tiwana, said. It also alleged the Bharat Nagar police station SHO was "pressurising and inducing" them to make false complaints.

Geetika, 23, was found dead on August 5, last year at her residence here. In her suicide note, she had said she was ending her life due to "harassment" by Kanda and Chaddah.

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