Pehalwan`s role proved in Nitish Katara murder: Prosecution
The prosecution today told a court here that there was clinching evidence to prove the complicity of Sukhdev Pehalwan, third accused besides Vikas and Vishal Yadav, in the murder of Nitish Katara in 2002.
New Delhi: The prosecution today told a
court here that there was clinching evidence to prove the
complicity of Sukhdev Pehalwan, third accused besides Vikas
and Vishal Yadav, in the murder of Nitish Katara in 2002.
"The fact that the present accused absconded for nearly
three years would go against him," Special public prosecutor B
S Joon told Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan.
Advancing final arguments in the case, the prosecutor
said "since this case was widely covered in the media, the
accused cannot take the plea that he was not aware of the fact
that he was an accused in the case."
In a case based on circumstantial evidence, two Uttar
Pradesh constables have testified that the accused was present
at Diamond Place in Ghaziabad alongwith Vikas, Vishal and the
victim on fateful night when Nitish was killed, the prosecutor
Pehalwan is standing trial separate from that of Vikas
and Vishal Yadav as he absconded after the incident and was
arrested in 2005.
The arguments remained inconclusive and would continue
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.
The court would hear tomorrow a fresh plea by key witness
Ajay Katara in the murder case alleging he was being
threatened and harassed by Uttar Pradesh government officials
for testifying in the case.
Ajay had testified that he had last seen Nitish Katara
alive in the company of the accused Vikas Yadav, Vishal and
their friend Sukhdev Pehalwan on the intervening night of
February 16-17, 2002.
The Yadavs did not approve the affair of their sister
Bharti Yadav with Nitish.