Nitish Katara murder case judgement date to be announced Wednesday

May 27th, 2008 - 2:42 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Bringing an end to the twists and turns in the Nitish Katara murder case Tuesday, a city court rejected the application filed by the defence counsel to re-examine key witness Ajay Katara and announced that it will pronounce the date of judgement Wednesday. While rejecting the defence counsel’s application to re-examine Ajay after a newspaper sting operation showed him to be a planted witness, Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur asked the counsel not to file any other application.

The court also said that it will decide the date of pronouncement of judgement Wednesday.

The defence counsel had moved an application under section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Monday, raising objections over the affidavit filed in the court by Ajay Saturday.

On Saturday, Ajay testified before the court on the authenticity of the sting operation carried out by a newspaper, in which he said he never saw the accused Vikas and Vishal Yadav taking away Nitish from a marriage party in Ghaziabad Feb 16, 2002. Nitish was found murdered after that fateful night.

Katara testified that he was tricked into making the statements under the influence of liquor.

On the basis of the sting operation, counsel for Vikas and Vishal filed an application in the court seeking prosecution of Katara for falsely deposing in the trial.

Nitish, son of a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by Vikas in 2002, his cousin Vishal and Sukhdev. They resented Nitish’s alleged relationship with Vikas’s sister Bharati.

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