New Delhi: An accused in Nitish Katara
murder case, against whom the trial was separated from that of
convicts Vikas and Vishal Yadav, on Friday approached a Delhi
court seeking interim bail for performing the last rites of
"Accused/applicant Sukhdev Pehalwan be kindly granted
the interim bail for 15 days to perform the `shradh` (last
rites) of his mother who passed away on November 10 at his
native place in Uttar Pradesh," the application filed before
Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan said.
The court took the plea into the records and fixed it
for hearing on November 19, the next date of hearing.
It is hearing final arguments in the eight-year-old
murder case against Pehalwan, the third accused besides
Vikas and Vishal Yadav.
Pehalwan is standing trial separately from Vikas and
Vishal Yadav as he had absconded after the incident and was
arrested in 2005.
A Delhi court had earlier awarded rigorous life
imprisonment to Vikas and his cousin Vishal Yadav for their
role in the murder of Nitish, a business executive.
The Yadavs have filed appeals in the Delhi High Court
against their conviction in the case.
According to the prosecution, Pehalwan was present
with the accused Yadavs in their car after they had abducted
Nitish from a marriage function in Ghaziabad and killed him on
the night of February 16, 2002.
The Yadavs did not approve the affair of their sister
Bharti Yadav with Nitish.