Nitish Katara’s relationship with Bharti Yadav was known to convicts’

Delhi Police on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal,serving life terms for the murder of Nitish Katara in 2002,knew that their sister had an intimate relationship with Katara and pressurised her to break ties with him.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 2:00:29 am

Delhi Police on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal,serving life terms for the murder of Nitish Katara in 2002,knew that their sister had an intimate relationship with Katara and pressurised her to break ties with him.

Beginning his final argument against the convicts’ appeal before the bench of justices Geeta Mittal and J R Midha,Special Public Prosecutor Dhayan Krishnan said,“Bharti was under duress and was advised by her family members to call off her relationship.”

On the convicts’ motive to murder Katara,the counsel said several documents including the greeting cards and gifts exchanged between Bharti and Nitish established that they had a “romantic” liaison.

“The evidence is more than enough to establish that they (Bharti and Nitish) were in a romantic relationship and it was not casual but intense,” he said. Countering the argument of the counsel for Vikas and Vishal that the family members knew about their friendship but they had no knowledge about their plan for marriage,the public prosecutor said Nitish had attended several functions organised by Bharti’s family,including her sister’s birthday party.

The prosecution will continue its arguments on Wednesday. The Delhi High Court is hearing the appeals of Vishal and Vikas,who is the son of former Rajya Sabha MP D P Yadav,and hired killer Sukhdev Pehalwan,who are serving life terms in Tihar.

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