Katara case: HC rejects plea to re-examine key witness

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 21:04

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has
dismissed the plea by a co-accused in Nitish Katara murder
case seeking to re-examine key witness Ajay Katara.

"I do not find any material irregularity or perversity
in the impugned order by which the trial court had rejected
the plea of accused seeking to recall for re-examining
prosecution witness Ajay Katara," Justice S N Aggarwal said.

Sukhdev Pehalwan, a co-accused who is standing a trial
separate from convicts Vikas and Vishal Yadav as he had
absconded after the offence, had filed the petition saying
re-examination of Ajay Katara was necessary in the wake of a
sting operation in which he had allegedly admitted that his
testimony was false.

Citing a news report on the sting operation, the plea
alleged the witness cannot relied upon as he confessed that
his statement was fake and tutored one.

Earlier, Ajay Katara, recording his statement as 14th
prosecution witness, had testified he had last seen Nitish
alive in the company of Vikas, Vishal and Pehalwan on the
intervening night of February 16-17, 2002.

The trial court had on February 19 this year had rejected
the plea of Pehalwan against whom the trial started in 2005
after he surrendered before police in connection with the
case.

Vikas and his cousin Vishal were sentenced to life
imprisonment by a Delhi court for killing Nitish, a business
executive and son of an IAS officer, as they did not approve
his intimate relations with their sister Bharti Yadav.

The Yadavs have challenged their conviction in the Delhi
High Court.

The court is at present recording the statements of
defence witnesses.

According to the prosecution, Pehalwan was with the
accused in their Tata Safari car after they had abducted
Nitish from a marriage function at Ghaziabad on the
intervening night of February 16-17, 2002.

They had allegedly killed Nitish on that fateful night.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 21:04

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