The Haryana government has filed an appeal in the Jyoti murder case against the acquittal of Himachal Pradesh MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and 11 others.
The appeal was filed on Monday and will come up for hearing in a few days.
Sources in the advocate general office confirmed that the government had filed the appeal before the high court. “We had sent the file to the legal remembrancer for an opinion. After their go ahead, the appeal was filed,” a top official confirmed. However, the advocate general of Haryana, BR Mahajan, was not available for comment.
Jyoti was found dead on November 22, 2012, in Sector 21, Panchkula. Chaudhary, who was the main accused was acquitted on September 11.
District attorney APS Parmar and DCP Rahul Sharma had requested for an appeal to be filed, which was seconded by district magistrate SS Phulia.
Meanwhile, the Panchkula DCP had found laxity on part of five police officials — DSP Virender Sangwan, DSP Ajay Rana, DSP Suresh Kaushik, ASI Surinder and ASI Jai Singh — in the case. According to the district attorney, the trial court of additional district and sessions judge Roopam Singh had erred in identifying the motive behind Jyoti’s murder.