HC restrains lower court from framing charges till further orders

Jyoti murder: SIT probing the case told to submit investigation report by May 29.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 2, 2013 2:42:21 am

Taking serious note of accusations of manipulations allegedly done by the Haryana Police in the Jyoti murder case under the influence of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday restrained a Panchkula lower court from framing charges till further orders.

The special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the Panchkula police to probe the controversial case has been ordered to submit its investigation report by the next date of hearing,May 29. The directions were passed on Wednesday on a petition filed by the deceased’s father,demanding a CBI probe.

Launching a scathing attack at the Panchkula police for allegedly working under the influence of Congress MLA Chaudhary,counsel for the petitioner,Advocate N S Shekhawat alleged that key aspects were deliberately ignored by the Panchkula police at the time of investigation. Shekhawat stated that the police did not investigate the murder case properly,in order to benefit the MLA. A challan was recently filed by the police in a lower court in Panchkula.

However,to probe key aspects “left out” by the investigating officer,the SIT was constituted by the Panchkula police on March 23. Shekhawat contended that till now,the SIT had not placed its investigation report before the high court. Shekhawat requested the court that the SIT be directed to produce its report. He also alleged that since Chaudhary belonged to the ruling party,the police were under tremendous pressure to “help” Chaudhary.

The counsel for the Haryana Police contested the accusations,thus defending the investigation conducted by the Panchkula police. Finding force in the allegations raised by the petitioner,the high court directed the SIT to furnish its report. Meanwhile,the lower Court has been directed not to frame charges against the accused,including Chaudhary,till further orders.

Jyoti was allegedly murdered by Chaudhary on November 22,2012. Buti Ram,Jyoti’s father,had moved the high court requesting the probe be handed over to the CBI. Following this,the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Panchkula police to submit the status report by April 9.

Hoshiarpur resident Jyoti (24) was found dead in Panchkula on November 22. The postmortem report confirmed that Jyoti had terminated her pregnancy,some months before her death.

Jyoti’s cell phone records revealed that she was in constant contact with the Doon MLA and his accomplices. Panchkula police had arrested six people,including the MLA,who were later chargesheeted.

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