Outgoing Haryana advocate general (AG) Hawa Singh Hooda on Tuesday informed that as he had resigned and the decision on filing appeal in the Jyoti murder case would be taken by the new AG.
The new AG will be appointed in a few days.
Hooda clarified, “There is still time to file appeal in the Jyoti murder case. We have got all records. I will take decision in those cases where there is only a day or two left for filing appeal. It will not be appropriate on my part to take decision in the Jyoti murder case.”
Jyoti, a Dalit girl, was found dead on November 22, 2012, in Sector 21, Panchkula. Himachal Pradesh’s Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who was the main accused, had faced trial in the case and was acquitted on September 11. There were 11 more accused in the case.
In the case, district attorney APS Parmar as well as deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul Sharma had already requested for an appeal to be filed to which district magistrate SS Phulia had also agreed.
Meanwhile, the Panchkula DCP had found laxity on the part of five police officials — deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) Virender Sangwan, Ajay Rana and Suresh Kaushik, and assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) Surinder and Jai Singh — in the case. The action against the DSPs is pending, though director general of police (DGP) SN Vashisht had issued notices to the DSP-level officers.
The Panchkula DCP had issued notices to ASIs Jai Singh and Surinder. The time for filing reply was later extended and they still have time to rebut the allegations.