The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday disposed of the petition filed by Butti Ram, victim Jyoti's father, with directions to the Panchkula trial court to proceed further with the case, while considering the status reports filed by the special investigating team (SIT) and challans presented in the case.
The petitioner had alleged Doon (Himachal Pradesh) MLA, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, of influencing the probe in the case. Key accused Chaudhary is behind bars and is lodged at central jail, Ambala. There are 11 more accused in the case.
It was on November 22 last year that a native of Bhunga village of Hoshiarpur, Jyoti, 24, was found dead by the roadside in sector-21, Panchkula.
A special investigating team (SIT) headed by Panchkula deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi was constituted on March 23 to further probe the case.
Meanwhile, the court of additional district and sessions judge Sanjay Sandhir, where the trial was to take place, was dissolved on Tuesday. The case will now be assigned to a new court.
Jyoti did not take liquor, reveal chemical analysis report
It has come out in the viscera report of Jyoti that she did not take liquor on the murder night. The accused, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, had disclosed to the police that she was offered liquor, before being killed. As the difference cropped up in the chemical analysis and Chaudhary's version, the police have again asked to clarify reasons for traces of alcohol not being present from date of consumption to the date of examination of viscera. The report is yet to come on the issue. It is important to mention here that a liquor bottle was recovered along with the victim's body.
Toll plaza recorded only last four digits of registration number
When the investigation was under DSP Virender Sangwan no effort was made to collect details of the accused's vehicles at Chandimandir toll plaza. Under Shenvi, the SIT approached toll plaza for furnishing entries of different vehicles, including Cruze (HR-49B-7171), Toyata Altis (CH-01 AD-3772), Honda city (HR 02Q-0009), Alto (HP 12C-4505) and a truck (HP-12 A-7738), which were allegedly used by Chaudhary and his accomplices for the crime from 6pm on November 21, 2012, to 6am November 22, 2012.
The toll plaza had told the Panchkula police that only the last four digits could be recorded in the toll plaza entries and in absence of complete registration number it was not possible to ascertain whether the vehicles had actually passed.
However, only one truck having 7738 as the last four digits crossed the toll plaza on the intervening night of November 21 and 22. The same truck was used to run over Jyoti, as per the police.
The police were also informed that as far as the case of Cruze car was concerned, there were total 17 vehicles, which had 7171 as the last four digits, which passed through toll plaza. The car belonged to Chaudhary.
As per the police, the toll plaza details conclusively reveal information about the Alto car and the truck passing through the toll plaza.