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Katara murder case accused denied bail

Staff Reporter

Sufficient material on record against the accused, says the judge

NEW DELHI: : A Delhi court on Tuesday refused to grant bail to Vikas Yadav, prime accused in the Nitish Katara murder case and son of the former Member of Parliament, D.P. Yadav, and the latter's nephew, Vishal Yadav.

Rejecting the bail applications, the Additional Sessions Judge, D.S. Poweriya, said there was sufficient material on record against the accused.

The Judge also rejected the plea by counsel for the two accused, K.N. Balagopal, that the evidence of all the prosecution witnesses had been recorded and that none was able to connect his clients directly to the crime.

"The quality of the evidence will be taken into consideration at the time of decision of the case; it has no relevance for the consideration of the bail applications,'' Mr. Poweriya observed.

The Delhi High Court had last week stayed the trial proceedings in the case till further orders.

Justice H.R. Malhotra stayed the on-going recording of statements of the accused persons in the case on a petition by Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish Katara, who was allegedly murdered by Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav in February 2002.

Justice Malhotra directed the trial court to keep in abeyance the order allowing the prosecution in the case to drop Bharti Yadav, daughter of D.P. Yadav, as a prosecution witness and not to record the statements of the accused till further orders.

In the petition, Ms. Katara sought stay on the recording of the statements of the accused and quashing of the decision by the prosecution to drop Ms.Yadav as a witness in the case.

Ms. Katara has also sought cancellation of the passport of Ms. Bharti to force her to come to the country and depose in the case. She believes that the recording of evidence by Ms. Bharti was important to unravel the motive behind the murder.

The prosecution had last month dropped Ms. Bharti as a prosecution saying that the British government had refused to help the Indian authorities in her extradition to the country on the ground that Ms. Bharti had no case pending against her in that country.

Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav are facing trial for allegedly kidnapping and later killing Nitish Katara in Ghaziabad in February 2002.

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