Air hostess’ suicide: Kanda’s aide Chadha moves for bail

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Aruna Chadha, a co-accused with former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda in the suicide of an air hostess, has moved a Delhi court seeking bail.

Chadha’s bail plea will come up for hearing July 3 before Additional Sessions Judge M.C. Gupta. The Delhi High Court has restrained the media from naming the victim.

Chadha and Kanda are accused of abetting the suicide of a 23-year-old former air hostess who was earlier employed in Kanda’s MDLR airlines.

Charges of rape, unnatural sex and abetment of suicide were framed against Kanda and Chadha.

Both the accused have also been charged with forgery and harming the reputation of the victim.

The trial in the case began May 27 when the court recorded the statements of eight witnesses, including police personnel and the doctor who had conducted post-mortem of the victim.

Chadha had also moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of charges against her.

The air hostess was found hanging from the ceiling fan of a room at her Ashok Vihar house in north Delhi August 5 last year.

She left behind two suicide notes blaming Kanda and Chaddha, who are now in judicial custody and have denied any involvement in the suicide.

In its chargesheet, police had said that Kanda was obsessed with the air hostess and he and Chaddha had unleashed a series of wilful and malicious acts of mental torture, threat, blackmail and stress on her, which led her to take the extreme step.

Kanda was arrested Aug 18, 2012, after he surrendered at north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar police. Chaddha was apprehended Aug 8, 2012. Police filed the chargesheet Oct 6, 2012.

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