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Geetika suicide: Indian minister visited Dubai to force ex-Emirates hostess to quit job.

DUBAI Police in India said an Indian minister visited Dubai to force an Emirates air hostess to quit her job and rejoin him in India, where she recently committed suicide after accusing him of "mentally harassing" and "ruining" her life.

They said Gopal Kanda, a minister from Haryana state, had criminally intimidated 23-year-old Geetika Sharma to leave Dubai and work for his company in India.

Sharma hung herself at her New Delhi home and left a "suicide note" accusing Kanda and his associate of pushing her to end her life two weeks ago.

She worked as cabin crew for Kanda's MDLR airline in 2006 when she was 17, local media said. Sharma wanted to leave but stayed till 2009 following a pay rise. The airline stopped flying the same year and she joined Emirates in 2010.

Kanda wanted her back, demanding she join his business interests where she would have to report to him daily and meet him after work, reports said. Sharma caved in after a sustained campaign and returned to work for him in India, her family said.

They alleged Kanda created fake email accounts posing as police in India to send messages to Emirates saying Sharma was a loan defaulter in India. They also claim he emailed Sharma posing as an Emirates official to say there was a loan default case against her and she would be extradited to India. Forged documents from the Consulate General of India supporting this threat were also sent, Sharma's uncle said.

Emirates and the Indian consulate declined to comment.

Kanda is on the run to escape arrest on charges of abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation. A female associate mentioned in Sharma's letter has been arrested on the same charges.

Kanda's lawyers are pushing for an anticipatory bail ahead of his expected arrest, Indian news group NDTV said. It quoted them saying Sharma may have been a "hyper active" and "jilted" woman who possibly sought an affair with Kanda. They further argue any accusations of miscount by Kanda regarding Sharma could not be seen as serious enough to warrant charges of abetment of suicide.

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Date:Aug 16, 2012
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