In the Jyoti murder case, on Wednesday, the victim’s father Butti Ram submitted an application under Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to record his statement again.
Butti Ram, in his application, informed that an FIR under Section 195 A (for threatening any person to give false evidence), Section 506 (for criminal intimidation) and Section 120-B (for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Hariana police station, Hoshiarpur, on January 6 against prime accused Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and his accomplices for allegedly threatening him.
The application mentions, “It is apparent that Butti Ram, PW 41, could not depose properly before the honourble court and he could not state correct facts before the court as he was extremely terrorised and frightened.”
It adds, “ the prosecution wants to re-examine PW 41 Butti Ram as a witness for the just decision of the case as it is apparent that he wants to depose the true and correct facts before the court.”
Butti Ram had told the media, on January 3, at Panchkula, that he had turned hostile on December 23, 2013, during the hearing of the case as there were threats and pressure on him from Chaudhary’s side.
Along with his complaint to Panchkula Police which was later transferred to Hoshiarpur, he had submitted a 30-minute audio CD which he recorded on December 1, 2013, at a stall at a bus stand in Hoshiarpur where Dasuya resident Laddu Ram and Ludhiana resident Rajinder Kumar were also present.
As per the recording, Rajinder Kumar, on the behalf of Chaudhary, had offered Rs. 20 lakh to Butti Ram to turn hostile in the court.
He even offered him to talk to ‘madam’ (according to Butti Ram she is wife of Doon MLA).
He had also claimed that Chaudhary’s wife had also come along with Rajinder Kumar to pressurise him on December 22, 2013.
On this application, the notice has been issued for January 31 to the accused.
Jyoti, 24, was found dead with her head smashed on the roadside in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012.
Case till now
During the hearing of the case, on Wednesday, seven witnesses deposed and out of them Narottamjeet Singh, resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, turned hostile.
Earlier also his statement before the police had a flaw. The police recorded on behalf of Narottam Jeet that Ram Kumar Chaudhary and Dharampal, another accused in the case, had come and left their Altis car with Ranbir Singh at his transport firm’s office in Kharar, on January 12, 2013.
Narottamjeet works with Ranbir Singh.
But Chaudhary had surrendered on January 8, 2013, so anyway he could not come four days later to leave his car.
As per the police, the Altis car was used in the crime.
As per Narottamjeet’s earlier statement, as Ranbir Singh had to leave for a wedding he asked him to take the car to his house and the car was recovered on January 19, 2013, from there.
But on Wednesday, Narottam Jeet said he did not know when Chaudhary had come and left his car with Ranbir Singh.
He said the car was not recovered from his house and he did not sign any recovery memo.
During Narottamjeet’s recording of statement, DSP Virender Sangwan was the investigating officer.