Nitish Katara Murder Convict Seeks Re-trial
New Delhi: Vishal Yadav, convicted in the Nitish Katara murder case, Wednesday sought the Delhi High Court’s direction for a re-trial.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Vishal Yadav, expressed his displeasure on the way the trial was conducted. He said that the way the trial was conducted by the trial court judge was not in accordance with the law and the accused persons deserved either acquittal or re-trial in the case. “We are very very much willing for the re-trial, and we wish the re-trial to start from the prosecution of witness no. 1,” Jethmalani told a division bench of Justice Gita Mittal and J.R. Midha.
Questioning the trial of the case, Jethmalani said: “This conviction cannot be sustained because the proceedings cannot be called as a trial in accordance with the procedure prescribed by law.”
Jethmalani alleged that the prosecution as well as the trial court judge did not follow the proper process. “The trial court ignored the fact that the witness were not examined by the prosecution properly,” he futher alleged seeking re-trial of the case.
The court was hearing appeals of the Nitish Katara murder convicts, Vikas Yadav, son of former MP D.P. Yadav, Vishal Yadav and hired killer Sukhdev Pehalwan, who are serving life terms in Tihar.
Vishal was convicted in 2008 along with his cousin Vikas for kidnapping and murdering Nitish Katara, a close friend of his sister Bharti.
The duo killed Katara, son of an Indian Administrative Service officer, on the night of Feb 17, 2002, after abducting him from a marriage party in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad as they were opposed to his relationship with Bharti.
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