A Delhi court has asked the SSP of Ghaziabad to file a report on the plea of Ajay Katara, a key witness in Nitish Katara murder case, that he was being threatened and harassed at the behest of powerful Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav for testifying in the case.
Additional Sessions Judge JR Aryan, who had earlier also sought a report from the Senior Superintendent of Police on the issue, fixed the matter on March 9 for further hearing.
"Let SSP take notice of this application and provide personal security to the applicant (Katara)," the court said.
Katara, who testified that he had last seen victim Nitish alive in the company of accused Vikas Yadav, Vishal and Sukhdev Pehalwan, filed a fresh plea alleging he was being threatened at the behest of Yadav.
"Yadav is an MLA of the ruling party. He is using his influence on SP of Badayun and others to arrest Katara so that he may come under pressure to file an affidavit or change his stand," the application said.
The witness claimed 10 fake cases were being lodged against him at various police stations in Ghaziabad at the instance of Yadav, father of Vikas who has been sentenced to life term in the case, and that he could be killed.
The plea was filed in the case against Pehalwan, a co-accused who is standing a trial separate from convicts Vikas and Vishal as he had absconded after the offence. It began in 2005 when he surrendered before the police.