Distributor shifts blame on telecom service provider

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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  • Updated: Jul 15, 2014 17:12 IST

 In a resumed hearing in Jyoti murder case on Monday, seven accused recorded their statements under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and denied the allegations of police.

Jyoti, a Dalit girl of Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur, was found dead with her head smashed on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012. Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary is the prime accused in the case.

Pankaj Bhandari, of Babloo Communication, from where the mobile numbers on fake IDs were allegedly issued to Ram Kumar, denied his involvement in the case. He told the court that he was not the owner of the shop.

“I don’t know Ram Kumar Chaudhary. If the SIM cards were issued on fake IDs (to Ram Kumar) then it could have been deactivated by the company. But no deactivation has been done by the company till date,” Bhandari said adding that the telecom company had activated the numbers and he had no role in it.

Ashish Kumar, who works at Babloo Communication, told the court, “I did not know Ram Kumar or his driver Satpal. I had not supplied SIM numbers 9816464060 to Ram Kumar on fake ID and SIM number 9882239372 (also on fake ID) to Satpal (driver of Ram Kumar).”

The tower location of these numbers taken on fake IDs was of crime spot on the night of the murder.
Satish Kaushal, distributor of Airtel, told the court, “I was appointed by the Airtel Company, Shimla. I have not appointed any retailer at Baddi or anywhere else. Even Babloo Communication appears to have been appointed by the Airtel Company, Shimla, and not by any distributor.”

Bhandari, Ashish Kumar and Kaushal chose not lead any evidence. He added that the mobile numbers issued on fake IDs to the accused were activated by Airtel Company, Shimla, and only that company has the mechanism to activate the any SIM cards.

“It was not my concern to go for the personal verification of the customer or his papers. As the papers are received at retailers shop, these are further forwarded, as received, to the Airtel Company.”

Other accused Harbhajan Singh, accused of harbouring Ram Kumar, while Nirmal Singh, Baljeet Singh and Kamlajeet Singh, accused of harbouring Paramjit, also told the court that they were innocent and did not want to lead any defence evidence.



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