Katara case | Bharti Yadav gets 8 days

Bharti's counsel is directed to seek instruction from her and inform by Oct 6 when she would depose in the case.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 19:22 IST

A Delhi court on Thursday granted eight days to Bharti Yadav, the elusive key witness in the Nitish Katara murder case, to inform when she would appear before it for recording her statement.

Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur directed Bharti's counsel to seek instruction from her and inform by October 6 when she would depose in the case.

The court kept in abeyance the proclamation notice issued against Bharti requiring her presence on Thursday as a prosecution witness.

Bharti had moved an application on Wednesday before the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of an order declaring her a proclaimed offender while her lawyer had given an undertaking that he would make efforts for her deposition.

The High Court had posted the matter for further hearing to October 16.

Bharti's brother and cousin Vikas and Vishal are the main accused in the case.
Seventeen witnesses in the case have turned hostile.

While Vikas and another accused Sukhdev Phelwan are in jail, Vishal has been granted bail by the Delhi High Court which has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

Katara was allegedly kidnapped and murdered on the night of February 16-17, 2002 from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, where he had gone to attend a marriage party.

Prosecution has alleged that Katara was kidnapped and murdered by Vikas and Vishal, son of Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, as they did not like Bharti's intimate relationship with the victim.

The trial of the case was shifted from Ghaziabad court to Delhi on Supreme Court's direction after the victim's mother had apprehended that she would not get a fair trial in Uttar Pradesh.

First Published: Sep 28, 2006 18:12 IST