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SC dismisses contempt petition against IAS Rajive Gauba for not providing security to main witness of Nitish Katara murder case

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New Delhi, Sept 23, (ILNS) The Supreme Court today declined to issue contempt notice against Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba while directing petitioner Ajay Katara to approach the concerned authority regarding additional security cover.

Katara had claimed that the authority concerned, the Home Secretary, a post Gauba had occupied before becoming the Cabinet Secretary, has withdrawn the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) provided to him. A three-judge bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and comprising Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice C.T. Ravikumar, passed the order on a petition filed by Katara, claiming that the concerned authority has withdrawn the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) provided to him.

A Three judge bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice C.T. Ravikumar declined to issue contempt against Rajiv Gauba, after hearing the plea of Ajay Katara, claiming that the concerned authority had withdrawn the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) provided to him.

Advocate Pradeep Kumar Dey appearing for Ajay Katara urged the court that his plea of providing additional security considering the imminent danger to his life and liberty was not entertained by Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, MHA.

The Bench dismissed contempt petition of Ajay Katara to be issued against Rajiv Gauba(IAS)Secretary and asked him to approach the concerned authority for additional security (PSOs).

Ajay Katara is the main witness in murder of Nitish Katara who was kidnapped and later murdered by Vikas Yadav, son of politician DP Yadav.  

So far as the testimony of Ajay Katara is concerned, he had deposed that he had last seen victim along with accused before the murder took place which led to conviction of the three accused in the murder of Nitish Katara. 

In the writ petition filed by Ajay Katra , he prayed for directions to the appropriate authority to provide enhanced security round the clock for the safety of his life and liberty against any kind of threat and victimization for his peaceful stay by any Central agency and/or Special Cell of Delhi Police.

Earlier on May 7, 2019 the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice, (retd.) Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna had directed the concerned authorities in the Delhi Police and Ministry of Home Affairs to act immediately. 

The ASG for the Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs had submitted before the court on the same day, that the security requirement of Ajay Katara had already been taken care of by providing with four Personal Security Officers (PSOs) and any further requirement of additional security will be reviewed within a period of one week from today. On such review, if the competent authority is of the view that the security of the petitioner needs to be enhanced, the same shall be done./ILNS/KY/SNG

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