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How Gurgaon feels about Gopal Kanda's bail?
When the Geetika Sharma suicide case broke, a lot of people knew about the outcome as soon as they came to know that Gopal Kanda was involved. It was all over the newspapers and everyone pitied the deceased girl and sympathized with the family and some even rejoiced after Kanda was arrested on charges of abetting suicide, criminal conspiracy, forgery and offence under the IT Act on 8 August 2012.

Whatever sense of justice the family must have felt went away when Kanda was released yesterday by Delhi High Court on bail. But ofcourse, the court has been harsh as the 48-year-old-MDLR head has to pay two sureties of Rs. 5 lakh each and a personal bond of Rs. 5 lakh with his passport.

While the case has a long way to go before any concrete result is visible, still many people in Gurgaon (where he has the lion's share of his real estate business) have a lot to say about the case. 

Madhu Agarwal, a resident of Gurgaon and a Guinness Record Holder for writing to newspapers said, "There seems to be a modus-operandi in getting easy bail to such hi-fi accused by expert legal brains in cases where media has a keen vigil on such cases. First get bail for a less-known accused in the same case, which is ignored by the media. Then with case of less-known accused cited (Aruna Chaddha in this case), court has no option other than to grant bail to main accused on 'similar grounds'. Same happened earlier also, when Nawab of Pataudi could get bail likewise from a Jhajjar court. Even a Delhi court had to grant bail to the hi-fi accused in 2-G case when some non-VVIPs in the same case got bail from another court.''

Further explaining about the Pataudi case, she said "The then Union Law Minister HR Bharadwaj had also once expressed views on the loopholes in bail-system endorsing views of Apex Court judges during a case. It is time that legal luminaries and jurists in the country may get together for highlighting such loopholes in legal and judicial system where the angle of corruption and influences can also be not ruled out. It will be still more in public and national interest if Supreme Court Chief Justice may take note of such loopholes to refine the system."

This is true for many recent cases as well. People, who are well known take advantage of their social standing and try and twist the law. The recent case being Sanjay Dutt and how he got out from jail on probation owing to his wife's ill health. Vineet Kumar Singh, a resident of Gurgaon, who works in an MNC, however, feels differently. 

He says, "I don't feel there is anything wrong in the process. The man was given bail as per the law. We are yet to get the verdict and we must not forget that there are many people, who are out in bail inspite of being accused of rape and murder."

Disagreeing with him Alekhya Bolla says, "The case is very clear, but still the accused have not been given due punishment. On top of that he was given bail, by just taking a bond of 5 lakhs. To a person who owns an airline and is such a big businessman, it is nothing. It's just a formality, our legal system needs to be revised."

It is not just Kanda, but the justice equation in our country does need some looking into. Remember the Kshama case - the death of more than one innocent life and yet nothing has progressed so far.

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