The chief judicial magistrate (CJM),Bhawna Jain,on Wednesday declined to bar the media from attending the court to observe the proceedings of the murder of Jyoti Kumari involving the Doon MLA from Himachal Pradesh,Ram Kumar Chaudhary.
Police had sought that the media be barred from observing the proceedings in the case,noting that it is sensitive in nature.
The chief judicial magistrate Bhawna Jain observed that the media cannot be barred from remaining present in the court and observing its proceedings.
She pointed out that it can only be prohibited from recording the proceedings and taking photographs of the court room.
Through the public prosecutor,Surinder Bairagi,the police had asked the court that it issue prohibitory orders to the media.
Earlier the investigating officer (IO) in the case,Virendar Singh,appeared in the case before the court to submit a written reply to the court opposing the bail application which had been moved by Doon MLA from Himachal Pradesh,Ram Kumar Chaudhary,in the case.
The investigating officer had appeared to assist the public prosecutor during the arguments that were to be heard in the case on Wednesday.
However,the arguments could not be made in the case as the Defence counsel,Amandeep Bindra,on Wednesday pleaded before the court that he had to go through the reply in the case. The court listed the case for arguments for Thursday.
Earlier the station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 5 police station,Naveen Sandhu,appeared in the court and deposited the copy of the challan that is to be provided to the accused on Thursday. In the case,a challan has only been given to the prime accused,Ram Kumar Chaudhary.
In the proceedings that took place earlier in the case,the court had taken strong exception over the delay in providing the copies of the charge sheet to the other accused in the case.
Besides the Doon MLA,Ram Kumar Chaudhary,the police have also filed a charge sheet against nine other accused in the case,charging them with murder and forgery.