Nitish Katara case: Court asks Ghaziabad police to file report
Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 21:40
New Delhi: A Delhi court today asked the Ghaziabad police to file a report on the plea by Ajay Katara, a key witness in Nitish Katara murder case, that he was being threatened at the behest of powerful Uttar Pradesh politician D P Yadav for testifying in the case.

"Ghaziabad police is directed to place a complete report by September three," Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan said.

A sub-inspector, who appeared on behalf of the SSP of Ghaziabad, sought more time for filing the report on the threat to the witness. The court allowed the plea with a condition that it (report) be filed on next date of hearing.

Ajay Katara, who testified that he had last seen Nitish alive in the company of accused Vikas Yadav, Vishal and Sukhdev Pehalwan, had filed the application alleging he was being threatened at the behest of D P Yadav.

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

The court, meanwhile, deferred recording of the statement of Pehalwan in the case as his counsel was not present.

Earlier, the court wrapped up recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses with the examination of investigating officer Anil Somania.

Pehalwan, along with Vikas and Vishal, allegedly killed Nitish on the intervening night of February 16/17, 2002.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 21:40

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