The police arrested a distributor of SIM cards at Baddi on Friday night in the Jyoti murder case, in which Himachal Pradesh MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary is the prime accused.
Satish Kaushal was produced before a local court here on Saturday and was remanded to judicial custody. He along with Pankaj Bhandari, the retailer, and Ashish Kumar, who were running a shop at Baddi, were allegedly involved in providing SIM card to Chaudhary on fake identity proof.
Chaudhary was allegedly using the same SIM during the crime.
“The onus of issuing SIM card on fake identity is both on Kaushal and Bhandari. We have nabbed Kaushal after interrogating Bhandari,” Panchkula deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi said.
Kaushal had joined in investigations and after that he was arrested.
Sources in the police informed that the police recently questioned Chaudhary's wife Nidhi in the case. It has been on record that Nidhi was talking to her maternal uncle over bribing Butti Ram, Jyoti's father. The call record shows that she was ready to shell out anything and there was a talk of paying Rs 30-50 lakh.
She was never questioned earlier but after the formation of special investigation team (SIT) under Shenvi, she was interrogated too.
The SIT had established that the truck, which was used to kill Jyoti, had actually passed through Chandimandir toll plaza barrier.
The SIT also questioned victim's sister Ishu, whose wedding was attended by Chaudhary. There are pictures to prove it too. A mobile number bought in the name of Ishu was also being used by Jyoti.
The team had visited the Jindal nursing home in Chandigarh to gather the CCTV footage of the day in August 2012 when Chaudhary had visited along with Jyoti for her abortion. Surprisingly, the footage had been wiped out by the hospital authorities.
Jyoti, a Dalit girl of Bhunga village of Hoshiarpur, was found dead on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012, with her head smashed.