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Notice issued to Under Secy, Home Affairs in Katara case

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New Delhi, Apr 27 (UNI) A city court today issued notice to the Under Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs for not executing the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Bharti Yadav, a key witness, in the Nitish Katara murder case.

The non-bailable warrant was issued against Bharti on March 7, through the Ministry of Home Affairs. But, neither the witness turned up nor any report was received from the Ministry.

The court issued notice to Mr Ramesh Kumar,the under secretary, to appear in person along with the status report on May 3, the next date of hearing.

Bharti, a key witness in the case is at present doing a professional course in London. She did not come to depose in the case citing some pleas. She was one of the last to have met her close friend Nitish. The prosecution believes that the recording of her statement in the court would reveal the motive behind the crime.

Bharti allegedly had an affair with Nitish, the son of a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav the brother and cousin of Bharti, are facing trial in the case for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Nitish Katara on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002, from Ghaziabad where Nitish had gone to attend a marriage party.

The prosecution has alleged that they killed him because they did not like his relationship with Bharti.

It was also alleged by the prosecution that Vikas had masterminded the killing of Nitish after learning about his affair with his sister at a marriage party at Ghaziabad.

Vikas and Vishal were booked under Sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping) and 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 (common intention to commit a crime) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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