Murder accused takes oath as Himachal legislator

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 10:20 hrs

Shimla, Jan 24 (IANS) Congress legislator Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who faces murder charges, Thursday took oath in the Himachal Pradesh assembly after being brought from a jail in Haryana.

Chaudhary, sworn in the chamber of Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail, has been booked for murder by Haryana Police.

He was brought to Shimla, where a large number of his supporters were assembled, from Ambala jail under heavy security cover.

He is one of four suspects in the murder of a 24-year-old woman in Panchkula in Haryana Nov 22.

"It's a political conspiracy by my political rivals. I am innocent," Chaudhary told reporters after taking oath.

Asked about his confession, he said: "It's a police theory. I have full faith in the judiciary. I have never confessed that I committed the crime."

Ruling out the possibility of quitting the house in the wake of the J.S. Verma Committee report that legislators involved in woman-related crime should morally resign, he said he would come out clean.

"I will continue to work as a legislator. Even people are contesting elections from behind the bars," he said. "I have just submitted a list of his priorities as a legislator to the speaker."

After evading arrest, Chaudhary surrendered before a Panchkula court Jan 8, the day other legislators took oath.

Chaudhary is a first-time legislator from Doon in Solan district. He is the son of four-time Congress legislator Lajja Ram.

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