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City court issues notice to Bharti Yadav's father in Katara case

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 16 (UNI) A city court today issued notice to former Rajya Sabha member D P Yadav, to appear in person and furnish a report on the whereabouts of Bharti Yadav, the key witness in the sensational Nitish Katara murder case.

D P Yadav is the father of Bharati Yadav.

Appearing before the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Ravinder Kaur, public prosecutor B S Joon requested the court that a notice be issued to D P Yadav to submit the report by May 22, the next date of hearing of the case. The court has accepted this request and said, ''at present since the current address of the witness is not traceable, so notice to her father had to be issued.'' Earlier Under Secretary of the Home Ministry Ramesh Kumar submitted in a report about Bharti that, ''she is residing legally in the UK and her visa is valid till November 30. So neither deportation nor extradition is possible in this case, although the UK authorities could serve summons to Bharti. But under the UK law, summons from foreign jurisdiction has no power and she could not be compelled to attend the Indian court.'' ''It is pertinent to mention that till now Bharti's whereabouts are not known to the court as she has left her last known address in the UK. She could neither be deported nor extradited to India. What would be her status after November 30 is still to be confirmed by the concerned authorities,'' Mrs Kaur said in her order.

Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav the brother and cousin of Bharti respectively, 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.

Bharti, a key witness in the case is at present a staff nurse in London. She did not come to depose in the case citing some pleas.

She was one of the last to have met 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.

The prosecution has alleged that the accused had 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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