Doon MLA withdraws bail application in HC

With a request to file a fresh petition, Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary on Monday withdrew his petition filed seeking anticipatory bail, in the Panjab and Haryana High Court.

Chaudhary's name has surfaced in the murder of 24-year old Jyoti Rani, who was found dead last month in the city. He had approached the HC after a Panchkula court had rejected his bail application on December 26.

The petition came up for hearing before Justice Jaswant Singh. "At the time of hearing, counsel for the petitioner prayed for withdrawal of the petition with a liberty to file a fresh one. The petition is dismissed as withdrawn with the aforesaid liberty," read the court's order.

However, Buti Ram, father of deceased Jyoti was present in the court. Talking to mediapersons outside the court he said that he is being pressurized to enter into an agreement over the issue. He said that his family wants nothing but justice.

Chaudhary had sought anticipatory bail on the grounds that he had been dragged into the controversy on the basis of visiting cards allegedly recovered from the purse of the deceased.

Furthermore, it was also mentioned in the petition for the anticipatory bail that though the prosecution alleges that there are several calls made from the mobile phone of the petitioner to the deceased, as a matter of fact, the phone of the petitioner always remained with his PSO Satpal. Satpal has admitted that he was having relations with the deceased.

"Satpal who is unmarried and hails from Punjab belongs to the same community as did the deceased. He used to call Jyoti from the cell phone of the petitioner," added the petition.

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