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Ajay Katara not poisoned: doctor

A Ghaziabad-based doctor told a court that key prosecution witness Ajay Katara, who was recently hospitalised, was not poisoned, reports Naziya Alvi.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2007 02:49 IST
Naziya Alvi

Deposing as a defence witness in the Nitish Katara murder case, a Ghaziabad-based doctor on Friday told a court here that key prosecution witness Ajay Katara, who was recently hospitalised, was not poisoned.

In a bid to prove Katara an unreliable witness, accused Vikas Yadav produced Deepak Agarwal, a doctor who had treated Katara recently at Pannalal Shyamlal hospital at Ghaziabad, before Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur. “After going through the medical reports, I can say that it was not a case of poisoning,” Agarwal said, while recording his statement as a defence witness.

Katara had recently lodged an FIR against D.P. Yadav, a controversial UP politician and father of main accused Vikas Yadav and others for allegedly trying to eliminate him by poisoning. Agarwal, during his cross-examination, said that Katara, who was brought to the hospital on July 11 this year, did not consent to “stomach suction”, a necessary process in a poisoning case. Discrediting Agarwal as a witness, Public Prosecutor B.S. Joon, however, claimed that the doctor, at the instance of two Ghaziabad-based politicians, fabricated Ajay Katara’s medical records. In response, Agarwal said: “It is incorrect to suggest that I have manipulated the MLC report of Ajay Katara at the instance of Yatinder Nagar and Nand Kishore Gujjar.”

“The Sahibabad police, despite the medical report that the case was not that of poisoning, lodged the FIR,” the prosecutor claimed, alleging the hospital records were incomplete and forged.