Vishal Yadav, one of the main accused in the Nitish Katara murder case, on Wednesday submitted a list of four witnesses, seeking their examination by the defence counsel.
Yadav had initially sought more time from the court for filing a list of his witnesses. But the move was opposed by public prosecutor B. S. Joon, who dubbed it a “delaying tactic”. Joon then moved the court for cancellation of Vishal’s bail.
In his application, Vishal sought to examine Amit Gandhi and his father Ashok Gandhi. During his deposition, Vishal had claimed he had gone to attend Amit’s ring ceremony in Panchkula in Haryana after the marriage of Shivani Gaur, his sister Bharti Yadav’s friend.
Vishal and his cousin Vikas allegedly abducted Katara from Gaur’s marriage party and killed him later.
Vishal also sought the examination of two lawyers from Allahabad, Arvind Mishra and Jai Singh, whom he had approached for legal advice when the police tried to nab him and his cousin in connection with the case.
Vishal and Vikas absconded after the incident to avoid arrest, the prosecution has claimed.
Vikas, son of politician D. P. Yadav, has been asked to submit his list of defence witnesses tomorrow, with a warning that no more opportunity would be given if he failed to submit the same. On May 15, Vikas had alleged that he has been implicated in the case at the instance of his father’s political rivals.