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MHA gets a week's time to file reply on Bharti's deportation

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) A city court today granted a week's time to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to file its reply on the deportation of Bharti Yadav, a key witness in the sensational Nitish Katara murder case.

Appearing before the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Ravinder Kaur, Under secretary of the MHA Ramesh Kumar, who was ordered to appear in person today, submitted, ''As per the report received from the UK home office order dated April 24, along with the faxed copies from the Judicial co-operation unit of UK, the process has been sent for service upon Bharti on April 20.'' The Under Secretary said the ministry needed a week's time to file the report about whether the service has been effected on the witness or not.

Earlier, on April 27, the court had issued a notice against Mr Kumar for not executing the non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Bharti issued on March 7.

The court then asked Mr Kumar to appear in person along with the status report today.

Bharti, a key witness in the case is at present doing a professional course in London. She has not come to depose in the case citing several reasons despite repeated court orders.

Bharti, the sister of the accused in the case Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, was one of the last persons to have met Nitish before he was killed and 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 IAS officer which was opposed by Vikas and Vishal. The prosecution has alleged that they killed him because they did not like his relationship with Bharti and has accused Vikas of masterminding the killing after learning about his affair with his sister at a marriage party in Ghaziabad.

The two have been 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).

Meanwhile, The special Public prosecutor has filed an application to summon the prosecution witness Satpal Singh Yadav, who was present at the spot when Katara's wrist watch was recovered.


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