With the district attorney recommending filing an appeal in the Jyoti murder case, deputy commissioner of police Rahul Sharma and his team met police commissioner Ajay Singhal on Friday and discussed the possibility of action against the police officers involved in the lapses.
Sharma, along with ACP Dharamveer and deputy district attorney Gurpal Singh, are also analysing the judgment to sift out grounds for appeal. The final recommendation for filing the appeal will be submitted before the district magistrate SS Phulia.
Police sources said the main investigating officer (IO) of the case DSP Virender Sangwan, DSP Ajay Rana, who was first IO, and ASI Jai Singh, then a reader of Sangwan, are all under scanner.
Additional district and sessions judge Roopam Singh had indicted Sangwan not only for poor investigation, but also for his deposition. The judgment said that DSP Sangwan had submitted that it did not come to his mind to investigate the last two calls made by Jyoti on the night of murder before she switched her mobile handset off. One call was made to a number registered in name of Jot and other number was registered in name of Jogita. The statements of Jyoti's father Butti Ram and sister Ishu were not recorded on time due to which they were not considered.
"One more lacuna in the case of prosecution is that a fellow namely Madan Lal (another brother of accused Chaudhary) has not been challaned, despite the fact that according to the police, he had also given shelter to accused Ram Kumar, which fact has been admitted by the main investigating officer," said the court.
The court had added that IO did not make any effort for comparison of signatures on consumer application forms of mobile numbers with those in whose name they were issued.
Also, Sangwan told the court that site plans which were prepared during recoveries from the houses of Dharampal and Paramjeet were prepared by his reader Jai Singh. However, later the ASI refused to take responsibility fot these, leading the judge to term the recovery doubtful.
Regarding DSP Ajay Rana, the court commented that he deposed saying that the print of picture of Ishu's wedding where Ram Kumar Chaudhary is present was taken from a computer but it was not a print from a computer and so there was a concoction in his statement. The picture was crucial to establish relationship between Chaudhary and Jyoti. Sources said a final decision was likely in a day or two.