Two more witnesses were cross-examined on Wednesday in the murder case of a 24-year-old girl in Hoshiarpur involving Doon MLA from Himachal Pardesh,Ram Kumar Chaudhary,and another was declared to have been won over by the accused.
One of the witnesses,Anil Kumar,during cross-examination before the court disclosed that he had given the victim,Jyoti Kumar,a SIM card and a mobile phone in 2010 when both of them were working at an architecture firm. Kumar also disclosed that he had procured the SIM card on his name and had given it to Jyoti for her usage.
Another witness,Suresh,said before the court that had had not procured the SIM card which the prosecution disclosed was used by one of the accused. He told the court that he had not signed on the documents that police disclosed were submitted for the procurement of the SIM card,but added that the documents including the address attached with the customer application form (CAF) were indeed his.
The prosecution declared one of the witnesses,Gurbachan,to have turned hostile in the case after being won over by the accused.
As an evidence before the court,the police had submitted earlier that the tower locations of the cell-phones used by MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and his other accomplices were near the same area where the girl was found murdered last year in Sector 21. The Police,earlier in its chargesheet,had disclosed that the MLA remained in touch with the girl and had developed a relationship with her. It has been also disclosed that the MLA got her pregnancy terminated at a hospital in Chandigarh.
The MLA and his other accomplices,besides being charged for murder,were also booked for committing forgery by submitting false documents to procure the SIM cards. The MLA had been talking on his cell-phone (procured on fake identity) with the girl and police earlier also arrested a SIM-card dealer and a retailer in the case.
According to sources,seven witnesses,including the officials of the private cell-phone companies were to be cross-examined in the case,but the summons were not served to all of them. The case has been listed for hearing on September 26.