Jail authorities oppose Chaudhary’s plea to visit Baddi

Jail authorities have argued at the District Court, Panchkula that allowing the Himachal MLA from Doon assembly constituency, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, to visit his home town Baddi for execution of the power of attorney in favour of his wife may provide him a chance to flee from judicial custody.

Replying to the application filed by the Himachal MLA that he should be allowed to visit the concerned officials in Baddi for signing the documents related to the transfer of power of attorney in favour of his wife, the jail authorities have argued against the plea on the grounds that he may use the opportunity to flee.

On another request of the MLA that he should be allowed to meet his relatives in the prison, the jail authorities have also argued against it, on the grounds that he may try to influence the witnesses through his relatives.

The counsel for the accused, Amandeep Bindra, however said that the jail authorities have not replied to the application seeking B-class facility for the MLA and providing him security in view of the threat to his life in prison. He said that the replies and application with regard to the B-class facility to Ram Kumar Chaudhary at Central Jail, Ambala have been listed for hearing on February 7.

Bindra, however, said that they are pressing for allowing the execution of power of attorney as the MLA has a large business and in case he does not transfer the rights to his wife, the business may get affected.

The MLA is one of the richest legislators in Himachal and has shown in his affidavit before the Election Commission that he possesses both moveable and immovable property worth crores of rupees.

The Himachal MLA has shown that besides the brick kilns and petrol pumps, he also owns a transport business. Bindra also said that the state has not replied to another request in the application that was moved earlier that the medical check-up of the MLA be done on a regular basis.

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