Even as the Congress issued whip to all its legislators to remain present in assembly for taking oath and for the speaker's elections, it's still unclear whether Doon's fugitive legislator Ram Kumar would make it to Vidhan Sabha or still remain in hiding.
Congress party has issued whip to its all legislators to remain present in house on January 8 and 9. The newly elected legislator will be administered oath of office by the pro-term speaker on January 8. The nomination for the post of speaker will be filed on January 8 after the taking of oaths while elections will be held on January 9.
Ram Kumar, son of former Doon legislator Lajja Ram Chaudhary, has remained in hiding ever since he was elected to the assembly on December 20. Ram Kumar's name has figured in the Jyoti murder case. The local court had rejected Ram Kumar's bail application on December 26. It was on December 31 that Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who is wanted in connection with the murder case of a 24-year-old dalit girl, withdrew his anticipatory bail application from the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The Haryana police have forwarded the arrest warrant against Ram Kumar to Kangra police with a request for his immediate arrest. Since the arrest warrant against Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and other four expired two days earlier, fresh arrest warrants were issued, in the Jyoti murder case.
Jyoti, a dalit girl of Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur district, was found dead on a road on November 22, 2012, in Sector 21, Panchkula, with her head smashed. As per the post-mortem report, the girl had died of head injury and had an abortion recently. The deceased's mobile call details had revealed her association with Choudhary. The other accused in the case are Satpal, Dharampal, Gurmeet and Paramjit. All the four accomplices along with Chaudhary have been made accused on the basis of their mobile locations on the night of murder.
Fresh arrest warrants have been issued against Chaudhary, Dharampal, Paramjeet and Gurmeet. Since the permanent address of the other accused, Satpal, was not traced yet, so his arrest warrants were not issued. The validity of the fresh arrest warrants will be till January 21.
Chaudhary had appeared in public on December 20, 2012, when he was declared won from the Doon assembly seat on the Congress ticket. The Panchkula police had failed to arrest Chaudhary as the Himachal police requested that law and order problem could arise in the situation of Chaudhary's arrest.