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Katara's mother will attend hearing

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 02:11 IST
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A session court hearing the Nitish Katara murder case on Thursday rejected the defence's plea to bar Neelam Katara, mother of the deceased, from the court while recording the statement of Bharti Yadav, a key prosecution witness in the case.

Yadav, who has been evading court proceedings for over three years, is likely to depose on November 29.

Rejecting the defence's application asking for modification of a prior order allowing Neelam Katara to be present while recording her statement, additional sessions judge Ravinder Kaur said, "She (Neelam Katara) as complainant has every right to assist the court. Also, so far there has been no such allegation against her of putting any kind of pressure on the witness."
Bharti on Tuesday had moved an application in the court seeking a bar on the presence of Katara during her in-camera testimony.

Yadav's counsel SK Bhuttan, in an application seeking modifications in the court's Monday's order allowing Katara to be present in the court, said "her presence shall cause prejudice to Bharti Yadav as she will not feel comfortable."  

The court has also allowed the application of special public prosecutor BS Joon, seeking permission to interview Bharti Yadav before her examination in the court.
The court, however, has allowed her counsel to be present during the interview.
Besides this, the court will also conclude the testimony of Neelam Katara and her second son Nitin Katara, on November 27, two days before Bharti's arrival. 

Nitin Katara's testimony will be recorded only against the third accused Sukhdev Pehelwan, as he has already been dropped as a witness against the other accused, Vikas and Vishal Yadav.

Katara was allegedly kidnapped from a marriage party on February 17, 2002, by Vikas and Vishal and murdered.

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