Saturday, October 13, 2007

Katara murder: SC adjourns hearing on Vikas Yadav's plea

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday posted for October 29, hearing of a petition filed by Vikas Yadav, son of ex-MP D P Yadav and key accused in the Nitish Katara murder case seeking transfer of the trial to any court outside Delhi.

In his petition, Vikas Yadav while accusing the Delhi Government of showing extraordinary interest in the case, claimed that the trial court judge Ravinder Kaur had not given him proper opportunity to produce adequate evidence and cross-examine key witnesses.

Vikas Yadav claimed that the Delhi Government has appointed a Standing Counsel even though it was not a prosecuting agency.

The petitioner cited a letter purportedly written earlier by the Home Secretary to the Foreign Secretary for production of Bharti Yadav from the UK as a key prosecution witness in which the official reportedly made certain remarks prejudicial to the fair trial of the accused.

In the letter the Home Secretary reportedly remarked to the Foreign Secretary that it is their duty to ensure that justice is done and that the victim's family rightfully believes that the Government has not done enough.