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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Himachal Pradesh: Congress MLA facing murder charges takes oath

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, January 24, 2013
First Published: 12:10 IST(24/1/2013) | Last Updated: 09:14 IST(25/1/2013)

Himachal Pradesh Congress legislator Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who is facing murder charges in Haryana, on Thursday took the oath of office and secrecy in the state assembly in Shimla.

 
Chaudhary, who sworn in the chamber of assembly Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail, has been booked for murder by Haryana Police and is presently lodged in Ambala jail for his involvement in the Jyoti murder case.

Jyoti, a Dalit girl of Bhunga village of Hoshiarpur, was found dead in Sector 21, Panchkula, on the morning of November 22, with her head smashed.

Chaudhary was brought in Shimla, where a large number of his supporters were assembled, in the morning from Ambala jail under a heavy security cover. 

He is one of the four suspects in the Jyoti murder case.

"It's a political conspiracy by my political rivals. I am innocent," he told reporters soon after taking the oath. 

On being asked that he confessed his crime before the police, he said: "It's a police theory. I have full faith in judiciary. I have never confessed that I have committed the crime". 

Ruling out the possibility of resigning as a legislator in the wake of the JS Verma Committee report that the legislators involved in woman-related crime should morally resign, he said he would come out clean.  

"I will continue to work as a legislator. Even people are contesting elections from the bars. I have just submitted a list of priorities as a legislator to the speaker," he said. 

After evading arrest, Chaudhary had surrendered before a Panchkula court on January 8, the day other legislators took oath. 

Chaudhary is a first-time legislator from Doon in Solan district. He is the son of four-time Congress legislator Lajja Ram. 

(With inputs from IANS)

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