Panchkula Police’s poor investigation has again come to the fore with the acquittal of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary.
When investigating officer DSP Virender Sangwan had filed the first chargesheet, the prosecution had refused to forward it to the court. It had raised over 35 objections. Hindustan Times had reported it on March 22, 2013. Finally, the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) had to forward it.
It was only after the formation of the special investigation team (SIT) on March 23 that the evidence from the Chandimandir toll plaza about the movement of vehicles allegedly used in the crime and the statements of Butti Ram and his daughter Ishu Rani were recorded.
The SIT also went to Jindal nursing home in Chandigarh to take the CCTV footage but it was wiped out.
Jyoti used three phone numbers
According to police, victim Jyoti was using three mobile numbers. The number 95019-40607 was in the name of Ishu Rani but it was not in use since November 11, 2012. The mobile number 98787-02293 in the name of Anil Kumar, a known of Jyoti, was closed at 8.17 pm on November 21, 2012 in Sector 21-C, Chandigarh. The third mobile number 99152-59514 which was in Jyoti’s name moved from Sector 21, Chandigarh, at 8.16 pm on November 21, 2012, but it got switched off at 9.15 pm at Zirakpur. The defence argued that as all the phones of Jyoti were switched off, so the police had failed to prove Jyoti’s movement with the other accused to the crime spot. According to the police, Ram Kumar Chaudhary was also using three numbers — one was in his name (98160-44340), the second in the name of Suresh Kumar (98164-64060) and the third in the name of Praveen Kumar (94188-24700).
Though at times, the tower location of the mobile phones showed their presence at Sector 21, Panchkula; Zirakpur; and then Sector 1 of Panchkula; the defence had argued that none of the three mobile phones were recovered.