Court pulls up defence counsel in Katara murder

March 26th, 2008 - 10:41 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) A city court Wednesday pulled up defence counsel for seeking unnecessary adjournments in the Nitish Katara murder case of 2002 and asked him to conclude the final arguments by April 15. Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur pulled up defence counsel G.K. Bharti after he again sought adjournment for concluding the final arguments in the case.

“This is your last chance to conclude the arguments. I will not hear the arguments after April 15,” said the judge in his order.

The prosecution wrapped up their final arguments in the case in December.

Concluding its arguments, prosecution claimed that the ‘chain of events’ conclusively established the complicity of Vikas Yadav, son of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav, and his cousin Vishal in the murder of Nitish Katara in 2002.

Special public prosecutor B.S. Joon wrapped up his arguments in the high-profile case, saying the accused had the motive to kill Katara as they did not approve of his intimate relationship with their sister Bharti.

The accused, on the intervening night of Feb 16-17, 2002, abducted and killed Katara who had gone to attend a marriage function of their common friend Shivani Gaur at Diamond Palace in Ghaziabad, the prosecution alleged.

They had an altercation with the victim at the party, he said, adding that two constables, who were present there, and key witness Ajay Katara had seen Nitish Katara in the company of the accused.

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