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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

FIR against Doon MLA, wife and three others

Harpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times  Hoshiarpur, January 06, 2014
First Published: 20:29 IST(6/1/2014) | Last Updated: 21:48 IST(6/1/2014)

The district police, on Monday, registered an FIR against Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, his wife and three others in the Jyoti murder case.

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The Panchkula police had, on Friday, registered a zero FIR under sections 195-A (threatening a person to give false evidence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC at Sector 5 police station on the complaint of the deceased's father Buti Ram, a resident of Bhunga village under Hariana police station.

The FIR was then sent to Hariana police for further action. After taking legal opinion, the police dropped the charges under section 323 but upheld the rest.

"Since there was no medical evidence to support the physical hurt caused to Buti Ram, we dropped section 323," said Hariana station house officer (SHO) Bikramjit Singh.

After turning hostile on the last hearing of the court case, Buti had deposed before commissioner of police Rajbir Deswal along with his counsel Jitender Sherawat and submitted a complaint that he was threatened by the MLA's wife and cohorts which made him change his statement in the court.

He had alleged  that Chaudhary's wife had come to his village in Hoshiarpur on December 22 (a day before the hearing) and asked him to turn hostile in the court. She had also offered him money, he had alleged.

Doon MLA and four others are accused of killing Jyoti, who worked for him and with whom he allegedly had illicit relations, in Panchkula's Sector 21. According to the chargesheet, Chaudhary wanted to end the relationship but Jyoti did not let him do so.

Seeing her as threat to his political career, he allegedly killed her along with his aides.

Jyoti's father Buti Ram is a key witness in the case. Hoshiarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Narinder Bhargav confirmed lodging of the FIR. He, however, stated that Buti Ram had not demanded security.

"He had given the police in writing that he does not need security but every time he goes for the court hearing, a security guard accompanies him," he said.

Meanwhile, Buti Ram, when contacted, refused to say anything to the media. "I want justice", is what all he said.

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