In the Jyoti murder case, Ishu Rani, victim's sister, on Friday stood by her statement given to the police earlier on the relationship between Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and Jyoti.
She told the court that Jyoti had told her about the intimate relationship she was having with Chaudhary and the latter used to come to meet Jyoti in Chandigarh. Ishu stated that after winning the elections, Chaudhary had told Jyoti that he won't be able to marry her as she was a Dalit and it would bring a bad name to him, but assured that he would continue to deposit money in her account.
Ishu had bought a SIM card in her name, which she gave to Jyoti and the latter reportedly used it to contact Chaudhary. Ishu said that Chaudhary had killed her sister as she had become an obstacle for him. She told the court that Jyoti was expecting that Chaudhary would marry her after the elections. She said that Chaudhary had attended her (Ishu's) wedding also. She claimed that she had told about Jyoti's relationship with Chaudhary to their father Butti Ram.
MLA opposes Butti Ram's application on recording statement again
Chaudhary on Friday opposed Butti Ram's application for recording statement again. In the last hearing, Butti Ram had moved an application under section 311 of CrPC for recording his statement again, alleging that he had made the last statement under threats and pressure from Chaudhary, wherein he had failed to identify Chaudhary.
Chaudhary on Friday submitted, "…Butti Ram didn't claim any sort of pressure upon him to make the statement and further when cross-examined by the learned public prosecutor, he stuck to the statement, which clearly means that he was not under pressure of any nature to make such a statement."
He added, "That on the face of it, prosecution cannot be allowed to improve the case in this manner. This provision (section 311 of CrPC) is meant only for grant of relief, which is considered just and essential to the decision of the case. As such nothing of this nature has been projected by applicant Butti Ram."He further said that Butti Ram "admitted to have committed an offence of perjury and such a witness couldn't deserve any discretionary relief."
The order on Butti Ram's application will be announced on Saturday.
In his application, Butti Ram had mentioned that a FIR under sections 195 A (for threatening any person to give false evidence), 506 (for criminal intimidation) and 120-B (for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Hariana police station, Hoshiarpur, on January 6, against prime accused Ram Kumar Chaudhary, MLA from Doon in Himachal Pradesh, and his accomplices for threatening him to turn hostile in the case.