Gopal Goyal Kanda is proving a tough nut to crack. Police sources say three days into his interrogation by top cops, there are no leads from him and he continues to deny any involvement in the Geetika Sharma suicide case. The Delhi Police today said that if need be, they will subject Mr Kanda to a brain mapping test.
"If required, we will subject Kanda to brain mapping test. We will take him to all places where we feel probe is required," P Karunakaran, Deputy Commissioner of the Delhi Police, said today.
Mr Kanda, who was a Haryana Minister till earlier this month, is accused of abetting the suicide of the 23-year-old former air hostess. Today, he is expected to be taken to Gurgaon and several places in Delhi. The police wants to find out where he was hiding for 11 days before he walked into a Delhi police station at 4 am on Saturday and gave himself up. The Delhi Police has said they suspect he used this time to destroy evidence against him. Chief among the things that the police is looking for are three missing computer hard disks that it believes hold vital clues to what led Geetika Sharma to hang herself on August 5.
Ms Sharma named Mr Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha in her suicide note. Ms Sharma's family has alleged that Mr Kanda was harassing the former air hostess, who had worked in several of his companies. He has been charged with abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence. Ms Chaddha, who has been charged with abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy, was arrested on August 8. She is currently in a 14-day judicial custody. The police is expected to seek custody when she is produced in a Delhi court later in the day.
The police plans to confront Mr Kanda with Ms Chaddha, hoping to piece together the exact chain of events that led to Ms Sharma's suicide.
On Sunday, Mr Kanda was questioned till 10.30 in the night by a team of five senor police officers. Police sources said the politician was restless and only slept at about 5 am. Earlier in the day, the former minister had to accompany the police as it raided the office of MDLR, a company he owns and where Ms Sharma worked. The raid lasted over two hours and documents, servers and a computer were confiscated, though the three crucial hard disks are still missing.
The missing hardware is from computers that were used by Mr Kanda, Ms Chaddha and by an associate.
Police sources said Mr Kanda, who is being interrogated in the presence of his lawyers, has been asked if he had written a letter to Emirates Airlines in Dubai, causing Ms Sharma to lose her job with that company. The police had told the Delhi High Court last week that Mr Kanda, along with Ms Chaddha had been pressuring Ms Sharma for a number of years to ensure that she continued to work with his MDLR group of companies; they even visited Dubai when Ms Sharma was working there, to coerce her to return, the police had said.
The politician was also reportedly asked about an educational society that Ms Sharma headed. The cops reportedly asked him if he was trying to pressure the family to sign papers. The police had recovered several property documents which carried Ms Sharma's name.
(With inputs from PTI)