I don’t even possess a driving licence, says accused Tilak Raj

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2014 12:12 IST

In a resumed hearing of the Jyoti murder case, Tilak Raj, who allegedly drove a truck over Jyoti on the night of murder, told the court on Friday, that he did not even hold a driving licence.

The recording of statements of the accused under Section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedure has been under process in the case and five of the accused have recorded their statements so far. 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.

While recording his statement, Tilak Raj said, “I am innocent. I have nothing to do with the crime committed in this case nor with the accused in this case. The evidence will reveal that the police has wrongly implicated me in the case. Firstly neither I am a driver nor do I own a driving licence.

Secondly, Amarjit, owner of the said truck has not stated that I was a driving the truck.” He had also told the court that the truck was in Baddi on the night of the murder.

He claimed that Dr Mamta Attri, who conducted the post mortem, had told the court that a heavy vehicle had passed over Jyoti but DSP Virender Sangwan, one of the investigating officers of the case, had said no such tyre of the vehicle had passed over the victim’s body.

He said, “…if the evidence shows that no such vehicle had passed over the body of Jyoti Rani, there was no reason for the assailants to carry the truck to the site with a predetermined plan,” and added, “…if the signs of truck tyres passing over the body of Jyoti Rani are not there the involvement of the driver of the truck in the crime is absolutely ruled out.” He also pointed out that the mobile tower location of a mobile number: 9882239372), which the police said was being used by Tilak, showed the tower location at 1:44 am to be Chandimandir toll plaza, from 1:48 am to 1:54 am in area of Naa and at 2am at Chamanvatika at Ambala.

“As such this electronic record cannot be relied in order to reach any conclusion,” he said. The crime could not be conducted in six minutes during which the tower location was of around the scene of crime, he added.

Paramjit, another accused, in his statement told the police that he did not know Tilak Raj. The police claims that it was he who called up Tilak Raj to bring the truck to run over Jyoti. He said, “There is no evidence on record to prove that I was holding this mobile number 9882157080. Rather this conversation between two mobiles 98821-57080 and 98822-39372 would show that these mobiles were not at one place and there was no occasion to commit the crime together. The mobile call and tower location evidence is quite shaky and cannot be trusted to reach the truth.” He also told the court that he would not lead defence evidence in the case. The case will come up for hearing on July 14.

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