Police remand of Doon MLA extended by 2 days

The court of Judicial Magistrate first class (JMIC) on Friday extended the police remand of Himachal MLA from Doon assembly constituency, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, by two days after police contended before the court that custody of Chaudhary was required to cross-examine him and three others accused in the case.

The police sought the remand on the grounds that it has to recover a cell phone from Himachal after evidence found earlier that the MLA had taken cell phone numbers on fake identities to stay in touch with 24-year old Hoshiarpur girl, Jyoti Kumari, who was allegedly killed by MLA and his other associates.

JMIC Kanwal Kumar extended the police remand by two more days and directed that Ram Kumar Chaudhary be produced before the court on January 20 after hearing the prosecution and defence side of the case.

The court also issued notices to police on the application filed by counsel of Ram Kumar Chaudhary, A S Sukhija, seeking directions that Chaudhary should be produced before the Speaker of Himachal Vidhan Sabha to enable him to fulfill his constitutional duty of taking the oath. The application for allowing Chaudhary to take oath was also listed for hearing on January 20.

Counsel for the accused A S Sukhija however opposed the police remand earlier on the grounds that the personal liberty of Ram Kumar was getting affected and that the police have no fresh case against him to seek the extension in remand.

Sukhija pleaded before the court that the other accused have already been arrested in the case and there was no need to cross-examine them in front of Chaudhary. Police on Thursday arrested Ram Kumar's relatives Dharmpal, Gurmeet and Tilak Raj while another accused, Rajinder alias Puppy, is still absconding.

In the application that was submitted by police to the court, the remand of Ram Kumar Chaudhary was sought on the plea that from an area in Himachal that falls 130 km away from Shimla, the police have to recover the cell phone.

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