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Katara murder case: Ex-ASG withdraws as defence counsel

Victim's mother had objected as Sud was earlier associated with case as govt's law officer.

delhi Updated: Nov 19, 2010 00:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Former Additional Solicitor General KK Sud on Thursday withdrew as counsel for life convict Vishal Yadav in the Nitish Katara murder case in Delhi High Court.

The victim's mother had raised objections, saying that he was earlier associated with the case as government's law officer.

Sud submitted before a two-judge bench hearing the case: "I don't want to get into the controversy and would like to withdraw myself from the case."

The bench had earlier refused to hear Vishal's bail plea, saying it will first decide the victim's mother Neelam Katara's complaint, objecting to Sud's appearance for the accused on grounds of professional ethics.

Sud had been arguing f or grant of bail to Vishal since last month. Neelam raised the issue of legal impropriety through an application, highlighting how Sud had appeared in the High Court eight years ago against the accused and for the Central government.

He had appeared in response to a High Court notice on a plea by Katara, seeking protection to various prosecution witnesses, including Vishal's cousin and slain youth Nitish Katara's friend Bharti Yadav, pointing out to the court that there was no witness protection law in the country.

Vishal, along with cousin Vikas, was awarded life sentence in May 2008 by a city court for killing MBA graduate Nitish Katara, son of an IAS officer, in February 2002.

First Published: Nov 19, 2010 00:39 IST