While waiting outside the court on the second floor of the Panchkula court complex for the hearing of the Jyoti murder case on Thursday, Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, a prime accused, was pensive. Around 1pm, all 12 accused were called inside. It was the 42nd hearing of the trial. Media persons and supporters of Chaudhary were also present in large number.
But Butti Ram, victim Dalit girl Jyoti's father, did not come to listen to the order. He was waiting downstairs guarded by two Punjab Police personnel.
As soon as additional district and sessions judge Roopam Singh announced the verdict, the liberated 12 persons were seen hugging each other. Chaudhary was relatively subdued, while others jumped in joy.
His defence counsels AS Sukhija and Amandeep Bindra first addressed the press; and after that Chaudhary too spoke. Meanwhile, Butti Ram left the court complex after a brief interaction with the media.
Soon, the second floor filled with the MLA's supporters and they were seen congratulating him."I used to worship a lot in the jail. I have full faith in the God," said Chaudhary.
There were so many supporters on the second floor that Chaudhary's brothers had to ask people to wait downstairs. Chaudhary also obliged everyone who was coming for a word with him.
His wife Nidhi also arrived to meet him. While leaving, she reacted, "I had trust in God that he would come out free."