Jyoti murder case: Father turns hostile, refuses to recognise MLA

IN a big blow for the prosecution in the murder case of 24-year-old Jyoti, the complainant in the case, father of the victim, turned hostile on Monday.

Taking a U-turn from the statements given initially to the police, Buti Ram, the father, refused to support the case of the prosecution against MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the prime accused in the case.

Refusing to recognise Chaudhary in a photograph where he is seen posing at the wedding of Buti Ram's younger daughter, the father retracted from his statements. The picture had four people: Chaudhary and his friend with the newly married couple. The picture was provided by Buti Ram's brother-in-law Lakhwinder Singh who also deposed in the court on Monday.

Singh did not identify Chaudhary and said that the person in the picture could be one Raj. He said though he had provided the picture, he had not clicked it and he was not present at the wedding at the time it was clicked.

Giving a clean chit to Chaudhary, who has been behind bars since January 8 this year, the father submitted before a local court here that Chaudhary did not have any relations with the victim, Jyoti.

In a statement given to the police, he had earlier said that Chaudhary established a relationship with Jyoti on the pretext of marrying her but later he went back on his word.

Disowning his statement in the court on Monday, Buti Ram claimed that he had never given any such statement to the police. On the request of the prosecution, Buti Ram was declared hostile.

In another U-turn, Buti Ram told the court that he had not reached the spot where his daughter was found dead on the Sector 21 road on November 22 last year to identify the body. He maintained that on receiving the news of his daughter's death, he reached the Sector 5 Police Station where he identified her clothes and then he was taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, where he identified the body. He deposed that he had never blamed or expressed suspicion on anyone for his daughter's murder.

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