The defence witnesses testifying in the Jyoti murder case had their statements recorded on Thursday with five of them deposing in favour of the accused.
Jyoti, a Dalit girl of Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur, was found dead with her head smashed on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012. Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary is the prime accused in the case.
Witness Gurcharan, the next door neighbour of Dharampal in Baddi, told the court that police never came to Dharampal’s (one of the accused in the case) house for any recovery on January 17 and 18 last year.
Another witness Gurcharan Singh, who lives near Dharampal’s house, also told the court that police never came to house of the accused.
According to police, Dharampal was present at the crime spot when Jyoti was murdered. The police had claimed to have raided his house on January 17 and 18 last year and recovered a mobile phone which was allegedly used during the crime.
“Virender Sangwan, one of the investigating officers in the case, had told the court that they had talked to Gurcharan to become an independent witness during the recovery of a Nokia mobile phone when they had allegedly raided Dharampal’s house in Baddi, Gurcharan refused. So we brought both the persons by the name of Gurcharan, who are neighbourers of Dharampal, before the court to nail the police’s lie,” Amandeep Bindra, defence counsel, said.
Besides, Kirna Devi, wife of Dharampal, also told the court that no recovery was made on the said date.
To strengthen their argument, defence also produced a private photographer Ram Lal, who showed photographs of Dharampal’s house, which were at variance with the site plan produced by the police.
However, in defence of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, one of his acquaintances, Praveen Aggarwal, appeared before the court and told that on the night of November 21, 2012, he had called up Chaudhary (on his number 098160-44340, which was bought on his own ID) around 1 am and it was picked up by his driver Satpal.