Jyoti’s father Butti Ram, along with his complaint, submitted a CD of a 30-minute audio recording on Friday. Butti Ram made the recording on December 1, 2013, at a stall at the bus stand, where Dasuya resident Laddu Ram and Ludhiana resident Rajinder Kumar were allegedly trying to bribe him. Both have been named in the complaint made to Rajbir Deswal, police commissioner, Ambala-Panchkula.
As per the recording, Rajinder Kumar, on the behalf of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, offered Rs 20 lakh to Butti Ram to turn hostile in the court on December 6. He even offered him to talk to ‘madam’, who is Doon MLA’s wife as per Ram.
Ram told the mediapersons that he made the recording through a recorder with his nephew’s help.
Excerpts from the audio recording
Rajinder:…We should not be called as brokers..
Laddu:…One should be man of words…
Rajinder:… Lakhwinder (Butti Ram’s brother-in-law) had called..These days bond between brother-in-laws is more sound than brothers…
Butti Ram: If the deal is good, I will come tomorrow.
Rajinder: Is your phone switched off?
Butti Ram: Yes
Rajinder: …One should help others. Whatever was to happen had already happened. 45 witnesses have deposed. The case has become one-sided (in Doon MLA’s favour ). Judge Sondhi is a truthful person. He has suspended one policeman …
Butti Ram: But I have to give a truthful statement
Rajinder: 45 witnesses are already on our side…If you are not interested then tell us
Butti Ram: It (deal) should be good
Rajinder: Earlier, you were being offered Rs 1 crore (at the time when case was registered). Then Rs 60-70 lakh… and then you started calling us brokers..
Butti Ram:…He (Ram Kumar Chaudhary) had come my daughter’s wedding (Ishu). My girl (Jyoti) introduced him as their chairman.
Rajinder: Only you and your daughter are left…you give statement and you will be paid…. If you later want to complain, you can, then I will go my way and you proceed to yours….If there are no children, money is reliance in old age…
Butti Ram: How much?
Laddu Ram: Rs 20 lakh...
Rajinder: Today is December 1. You have to depose on December 6. Tomorrow or day after tomorrow you have to go their lawyer’s place. You tell him that you are giving statement on your own and that you do not want to suffer anymore and Ram Kumar should get benefit..
Butti Ram: I will tell you in the evening. I will call you..
Rajinder: If you want to talk to madam, I will arrange…you will get the money after giving the statement. I will deliver money at your house..
(Then Rajinder talked about BJP leader Bhagwan Dass and Congress leader Pammi, who were earlier, acting as brokers between Chaudhary and Butti Ram)
Butti Ram: Poor men can’t do anything. But money helps to do everything.
Rajinder: … You had committed a mistake. Earlier, had you called for 5-10 (lakh rupees) more, I would have arranged it. I don’t have to pay from my pocket…We will meet their lawyer. He may ask you whether you are doing it out of greed. You must tell it is because of your conscious…as we will have no power after December 6.
Laddu: We should do it (to Butti Ram)
Rajinder: I will not force you.. I will let you talk to Lakhwinder..(then Rajinder talked to Lakhwinder on phone and told him to give his (Lakhwinder’s) guarantee to Butti Ram..then Lakhwinder talked to Butti Ram).