Nitish Katara case: Witness alleges torture by officials

A key witness in the Nitish Katara murder case filed a petition in the court alleging he was being threatened and harassed by Uttar Pradesh government officials for testifying in the case.

New Delhi: A key witness in the Nitish Katara
murder case filed a petition in the court alleging he was
being threatened and harassed by Uttar Pradesh government
officials for testifying in the case.

The witness, Ajay Katara claimed in his plea that 10 fake
cases were being lodged against him at various police stations
in Ghaziabad.

Following his plea, a Delhi court issued a notice to the
SSP, Ghaziabad.

"Issue a notice to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP),
Ghaziabad, for July 8. A report be called on the application
of Ajay Katara," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) J R Aryan
said.

Katara, a key witness who testified that he had last
seen the victim Nitish Katara alive in the company of accused
Vikas Yadav, Vishal and Sukhdev Pehalwan, filed a fresh plea
making the allegations.

Earlier also, Katara had a filed similar application
against D P Yadav, father of Vikas and a controversial UP
politician from the state and some others.

The earlier plea was filed in the case against Pehalwan,
a co-accused who is standing a trial separate from convicts
Vikas and Vishal as he had absconded after the offence. Trial
in his case began in 2005 when he surrendered before the
police.

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.

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

PTI

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