In a setback to Doon (Himachal Pradesh) MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the Punjab and Haryana high court refused to grant him regular bail on Wednesday in the 2012 Jyoti murder case.
Chaudhary is confined in the central jail, Ambala. When his petition came up for hearing before the court headed by justice MMS Bedi on Wednesday, the court observed that out of around 135 witnesses in the case, the prosecution had examined 54 before the special CBI court, Haryana, at Panchkula. The judge, while dismissing Chaudhary's petition, said it would not be appropriate to consider the petitioner's bail petition at this "crucial stage."
Chaudhary had submitted in his petition that the case was just based on "circumstantial evidence" and till now the prosecution had "failed to establish any link to connect the petitioner with the crime." He had mentioned that the case against unidentified persons had been filed at the instance of Buti Ram, deceased Jyoti's father, and even he (Buti Ram) had not supported the prosecution case before the special CBI court in his statement.
The court was informed that the Haryana Police, due to political reasons to tarnish the petitioner's image, had went ahead with falsely involving him and his family members in the case.
Jyoti, 24, a Dalit girl of Bhunga village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district, was found dead on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula (Haryana), on November 22, 2012. Himachal MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary is the prime accused in the case. The police claim that Chaudhary was in an extra-marital relationship with Jyoti and had killed her after she insisted on marriage. The chargesheet was filed against 12 people, including the MLA, on April 3, 2013.