Vishal Yadav has moved the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to order retrial of the Nitish Katara case. Presently he is undergoing life term along with cousin Vikas for murder of Nitish Katara in 2002.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, while appearing for Vishal before the Delhi high court bench of Justices Gita Mittal and J R Midha, contended that the way the Nitish Katara case trial was conducted by the sessions court was not in accordance with the law and the accused deserved either “acquittal or re-trial”.
“We are very much willing for a re-trial,”Jethmalani told the bench while beginning final arguments on the convict’s appeal. The noted lawyer alleged that the prosecution, as well as the trial court judge, did not follow proper procedure during the trial of Nitish Katara case .
“This conviction does not sustain because the proceedings… cannot be called as trial in accordance with the procedure prescribed by law,” Jethmalani said.
“The trial court ignored the fact that the witnesses were not examined by the prosecution properly,” he further alleged. The court was hearing appeals of Vishal Yadav, his cousin and son of former MP D P Yadav — Vikas Yadav, and the hired killer Sukhdev Pehalwan. All three are serving life term in Tihar Jail. Earlier, the counsel for Vikas had completed his final arguments on the appeal.