Prime accused Ram Kumar Chaudhary deposed before a local court under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the infamous Jyoti murder case on Saturday. Chaudhary, in his statement, said that he had never met Jyoti or talked to her on the phone in his life, and claimed innocence in the whole matter. In the last hearing, the prosecution had finished examining all its witnesses in the ongoing case in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Roopam Singh.
On Friday, Chaudhary, in a 24-page statement, replied to around 85 questions put forth by the prosecution. “I did not have any talk with Jyoti Rani on any mobile on any day in my life. I did not meet Jyoti Rani either on November 21, 2012, or on any other day. I was not in the company of Jyoti Rani in Sector 21, Sector 8, Airport Chowk, Chandigarh, Zirakpur or any other place. I do not know as to how Jyoti died,” he stated while replying to a question.
To most of the questions, Chaudhary replied, “It is incorrect. It is all manipulated evidence”, while he gave a detailed three page statement when asked if there was anything else he would like to say related to the case.
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Chaudhary claimed innocence and said that the evidence put forth by Joyti’s father Buti Ram, her sister Ishu Rani and relative Lakhwinder Singh has “no weight and value”. He also stated that the evidence gathered from the various mobile phones is full of “uncertainty, discrepant and unbelievable”. “To kill one person, particularly a lady, so many persons are not needed to come together to eliminate her.
Apart from this, conspiracy cannot be proved on the basis of the evidence on record… my involvement in the case is because of the political background as a result of which the real culprit/culprits are not found,” said Chaudhary, adding that he was in Shimla on the day of Ishu’s marriage and at his residence in Baddi on the night of the alleged murder.
Chaudhary said that he got married to Kuldeep Kaur in 1996 and has two children, and had no relation with Jyoti. “Even her relative Lakhwinder Singh has not deposed that Jyoti was having any relationship with me,” he said.
He added that mobile number 98160-44340 (printed on a visiting card found at the spot) was issued under his name but always remained with his personal drivers Satpal and Monu. He also alleged various other discrepancies in the prosecution evidence, and said that Buti Ram allowed his daughter a “free bird’s life” and survived on her income. He said that the photograph showing him at Ishu’s marriage is a fabricated one.