Absconding ex-Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea in the Geetika Sharma suicide case was today dismissed by the Delhi High Court on the ground that it has not been filed by the person who is apprehending arrest.

Justice P K Bhasin, in his order, said that the accused “appears to be sitting comfortably somewhere without any apprehension of his arrest by the police” and his brother Govind Kumar has filed the anticipatory bail application on his behalf without any proper authorization.

“This anticipatory bail application is liable to be rejected without going into the merits at all only on the ground that the same has not been filed by the person who is apprehending the arrest,” Justice Bhasin said.

The court referred to various technical and procedural infirmities in the bail application of Kanda to stress the fact that the plea did not require to be dealt on merits.

It said that neither the vakalatnama nor the affidavits have been filed by the accused himself and the person who has executed the documents has also not been authorised to do so.

(This article was published on August 17, 2012)
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