New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday quashed fresh charges related to abetment of rape and unnatural offence invoked against Aruna Chadha, who is an accused in Geetika Sharma suicide case along with former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda. Aruna is a close aide and an ex-employee of Kanda.

23-year-old air hostess Geetika, who was earlier employed with Kanda's MLDR airlines, was found dead on August 5 at Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi last year. Citing her August 4 suicide note, the police said that Geetika ended her life as he was being 'harassed' by Kanda and Chadha.
Kanda was arrested on August 18 last year after he surrendered at Ashok Vihar Police Station, while Chadha was apprehended on August 8. Both are in judicial custody.
The police, in its chargesheet filed in October last year, had alleged that Kanda was obsessed with Geetika and he, along with Chadha had unleashed a series of willful and malicious acts of mental torture, threat, blackmail and stress on her, which led her to take the extreme step.

A bench of Justice GP Mittal also allowed the plea of Delhi Police seeking to expunge the adverse remarks made against the probe agency and the public prosecutor for not probing the sexual exploitation angle in the case.

The lower court had ordered framing of additional charges against Chadha under section 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offence) read with section 109 (abetment) of the IPC.
The court on July 16 had reserved its order after hearing arguments on behalf of Delhi Police and Chadha in the case. The police had moved the High Court objecting to the trial court's remark against the probe. The trial court had made the remarks against the agency in its May 10 order on framing of charges.
Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Police, had sought the adverse observations be expunged, saying that they were made without any notice to the investigators. He had said that further investigation into the sexual exploitation angle has not been stopped.
Chadha had moved the High Court challenging the fresh charge of abetment of rape and unnatural offence slapped against her by the trial court on May 10. Chadha and Kanda have been charged for various offences including rape, unnatural offence, abetment of rape, unnatural offence and suicide, criminal conspiracy, forgery under the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act for hacking computers and sending offensive or false messages.


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