Shimla: With the Haryana police having announced a bounty of Rs 2 lakhs for information about whereabouts of Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the elected legislator from Doon in Himachal wanted in the murder case of 24 year old Jyoti, is said to have turned himself in before the court at Panchkula earlier today, after having been on the run for several weeks.
Jyoti was found dead in Sector 21, Panchkula on November 22 with her head smashed. A post-mortem revealed that Jyoti, a resident of Bhunga village, Hoshiarpur, had recently undergone an abortion
Besides Chaudhary, three others Paramjeet, Dharampal and Gurmeet Singh are booked in the criminal case.
Chaudhary, whose anticipatory bail was rejected by the lower court first and then by Punjab and Haryana High Court, had been evading arrest in the case.
Police have been seeking his custody as part of investigation in the case as his mobile phone was allegedly tracked to be within the area the day where Jyoti was found murdered.
Police in Himachal and Haryana were on the lookout for him and had sent parties to Dharamshala to nab the legislator if he attempted to attend the opening session of the Vidhan Sabha today.
Having detained relatives of Chaudhary and yet failing to arrest him, the Haryana police, only yesterday announced an reward of Rs 2 lakhs for information about the legislator on the run.
Having lost the elections in the state assembly and now in the opposition, BJP had openly asked all parties to stop shielding Chaudhary, who they said should surrender before the law to clear his name if he is innocent.
Son of former legislator Lajja Ram Chaudhary, Ram Kumar Chaudhary was last spotted on December 20, the day the election results had declared him winner for Doon seat.
Though his name had figured earlier in the Jyoti murder case, the police failed to nab him even though he was seen publically participating in the victory celebrations.