‘No evidence to establish motive to kill Katara’
Vikas Yadav is serving life term along with two others in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case.
New Delhi: Vikas Yadav, serving life term along with two others in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that there was no evidence to to show that he was against the alleged relationship between his sister Bharti Yadav and the victim.
"There is not even a single concrete evidence, which has come on record, that I (Vikas) have shown my resentment to the alleged relationship in any manner," UR Lalit, counsel for Vikas, told a bench of Justices Gita Mittal and JR Midha.
Referring to the testimony of Bharti Yadav, the counsel said the prosecution had failed to establish the motive which prompted the convict to kill the Nitish Katara.
"There is nothing which may suggest that the convict knew about it (alleged relation) and was averse to it and expressed his resentment in any manner," Lalit said.
The prosecution had said Katara, a business executive, was abducted from a marriage party of his friend at Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002, and was later killed for his alleged intimacy with Bharti.
On being told that the prosecution witness (Bharti) was Vikas` sister, the lawyer said "she was a prosecution witness" and was treated shabbily by the prosecution for securing her presence before the court.
"Bailable warrants, NBWs and even Red Corner Notice were being issued against the witness as if she was a criminal and not a witness," he said.
"Anyway, all legal recourses were taken against a witness who was reluctant to appear and testify," Justice Mittal said.
Vikas, son of controversial UP politician DP Yadav, his cousin Vishal and Sukhdev Pehalwan are serving life term for killing Katara.