Gopal Kanda, Chadha charged with abetment to suicide

A day after Anuradha Sharma — airhostess Geetika Sharma's mother — committed suicide at her home in Northwest Delhi, police on Saturday charged former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda and his aide, Aruna Chadha, with abetment to suicide.

Their names had reportedly featured in a suicide note recovered from the spot.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) P Karunakaran said, "A case of abetment to suicide and common intent, under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC, has been registered against Gopal Kanda and Aruna Chadha at Ashok Vihar police station."

Anuradha was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the same room where her daughter Geetika, an airhostess with the now-defunct MDLR, had ended her life.

Geetika too had blamed Kanda and Aruna Chadha for her death.

Kanda and Chadha are already in judicial custody for Geetika's suicide case. "Anuradha's suicide note also names Kanda and Chadha. We had registered a case on Friday but fresh charges of abetment to suicide were added this morning. Further investigation in this case is on," a police officer told The Sunday Express.

In her note, Anuradha had said she was depressed ever since her daughter's death and blamed Kanda and MDLR manager, Aruna Chadha, for Geetika's death. She also wrote that Geetika's suicide had prompted her to take her own life.

"Anuradha had also written a letter to her son, Ankit Sharma, explaining the reasons as to why she took the extreme step. She also asked him to be strong. The family has not yet told us if they were being harassed by Kanda's family. The family members rarely left Anuradha alone since Geetika's death. They kept a close watch on her," the officer said.

Geetika committed suicide in August last year alleging harassment by Kanda. The 23-year-old airhostess, who was employed with the now-defunct MDLR Airlines owned by Kanda, was found dead on August 5 last year at her residence.

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