A local court closed the examination of defence evidence in the Jyoti murder case on Tuesday.
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.
Chaudhary, in his defence throughout the case, has been trying to prove that the number 98160-44340, a number which the police, using the Location Area Code tracked down to the scene of the crime, was used by his driver Satpal. Investigations had revealed the number was registered to Chaudhary.
Appearing at a witness for the MLA, Jaswinder Singh, a property dealer, testified that on November 21 of 2012, the day of the crime, Chaudhary was with him for a property registration.
The sale deed was executed at Nalagarh at around 5:30pm. He said that while Satpal dropped the seller, Bagga Ram, who was unwell, off at Baddi while he dropped Chaudhary at his house in the evening. Singh told the court that he later called Satpal on the number 98160-44340 to find out where he was.
Another defence witness Majid Khan, who used to work at Chaudhary's brick kiln in 2010-11, told the court that he knew Satpal and informed the court that on November 21, 2012, he had tea with him in the evening after which they duo decided to have dinner at his house.
However, Satpal called at him 12.30am to inform him that he would be unable to come. The two also spoke at 3.30 am. Khan claimed that Satpal used the number in question on both occasions.
Also appearing for Chaudhary, Praveen Aggarwal, an acquaintance of the MLA called him up on the number in question, only to find Satpal on the other side.
The court has now posted the case for closing arguments on September 6, after which it will declare its verdict.