Harbhajan Chaudhary, brother of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, was granted bail on Sunday by a district court here in the Jyoti murder case.
Harbhajan was earlier arrested under Section 216 of IPC on charge of harbouring Ram Kumar, allegedly evading arrest, despite the fact that the police were looking for him.
Section 216 of IPC is a bailable offence but still the police asked for remand of four days, which was not granted.
Duty magistrate Amit Verma also questioned why remand was sought when the offence was bailable. Police maintained that he was to be questioned in the murder case, but court said that he could not be sent in police custody.
Harbhajan was granted bail on furnishing two sureties of Rs. 1 lakh each and on the condition that whenever he would appear before police whenever asked.
ACP (headquarters) Virender Sagwan, investigating officer in the Jyoti murder case, earlier contended in the court that Harbhajan was helping his younger brother Ram Kumar in hiding from police and also with money. He told the court that Rs. 50,000 was sent to Ram Kumar recently and Harbhajan needed to be interrogated to know the hideouts of the accused Congress MLA. He submitted that it needed to be known where this money was sent.
Jyoti, a Dalit girl of Bhunga village of Hoshiarpur, was found dead on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012, with smashed head. As per post- mortem, she died of head injury.
The mobile call details allegedly pointed towards association of Chaudhary and the victim. It was also found through mobile tower location that accused Chaudhary, Dharampal, Paramjeet alias Pumma, Satpal and Gurmeet were present in Sector 21 on the night of murder.
Chaudhary appeared in public on December 20, 2012, after his victory from Doon constituency of Himachal assembly but Panchkula police did not arrest him as there was a request from Himachal police that feared law and order problem. A Panchkula court dismissed his anticipatory bail on December 26, 2012.
He filed an appeal in Punjab and Haryana high court, which he withdrew on December 31, 2012.