Saturday, April 14, 2007

Katara murder: Warrant for BSNL officer

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has issued arrest warrants against a BSNL officer for failing to appear as a witness in the Nitish Katara murder case in which Vikas Yadav, son of U P Politician D P Yadav, is the main accused.

Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur issued the bailable warrant against the Deputy General Manager (Operations) Ghaziabad of BSNL executable on or before April 16. The court also posted the matter to the next date of hearing for the testimony of the UP Police Sub-Inspector Anil Samania, who had investigated the case in Ghaziabad.

The court had on April 3 summoned for April 9 three witnesses – Ghaziabad police personnel Anil Samania and two nodal officers from the state-owned telecom major BSNL – to record their statements. The BSNL officers were summoned to establish two landline phone numbers which were installed at D P Yadav's residence which the two witnesses, his daughters Bharti and Bhavna had denied in their testimony.

The prosecution alleges that these were the numbers from which calls were made to victim's mother Neelam Katara and brother Nitin from February 17 to 19, 2002.

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

Katara, son of an IAS officer, was murdered on the night intervening February 16-17, 2002 in Ghaziabad, where he had gone to attend the marriage of their common friend Shivani Gaur.

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