Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Katara case: Bhavna Yadav testifies in court

Press Trust of India
Friday, March 9, 2007 (New Delhi):

Bhavna Yadav, sister of Bharti Yadav, a key witness in Nitish Katara murder case, on Friday admitted before a Delhi court that the mobile phone by which the calls were made to the deceased's mother belonged to her.

The prosecution has alleged that Bharti, who had intimate relationship with the victim, had called his mother expressing concern about his whereabouts.

Bhavna, however, did not specify the persons who used her mobile on the date of the incident.

Vikas and Vishal Yadav, son and nephew of Uttar Pradesh politician D P Yadav, are accused of kidnapping and killing Katara as they did not like his relationship with their sister.

Old friend

Bhavna, who deposed after failing to appear on three dates, accepted before Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur that Katara had even joined them on her birthday in Mumbai.

Nitish, along with Bharti, had accompanied her to Mumbai on August 24, 2000 to celebrate her birthday, Bhavna said.

She further said that her husband Deepak Yadav had no objection to his presence during the celebration.

Bhavna's testimony on the issue of mobile phone is crucial as Nitish's mother has said that Bharti had called her expressing concern about the well being of Nitish.

Bharti was worried as she had seen him in the company of her brother and cousin when they were attending a marriage ceremony.

Katara was murdered on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002 in Ghaziabad where he had gone to attend a marriage party of their common friend.

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