Katara: Docs` panel to examine convict’s visits

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 21:23

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today set up
a board of Army doctors to examine medical records of the
Nitish Katara murder case convicts Vikas and Vishal Yadav to
examine how many of their numerous visits from Tihar Jail to
various hospital were justified.

A bench of justices Gita Mittal and V K Shali directed
the Medical Superintendent of Research and Referral (R & R)
hospital of Army to constitute a board of doctors and evaluate
the medical records of both the convicts.

"An independent committee is required to evaluate the
medical records of both Vikas and Vishal to ascertain which
medical visits were warranted and which were not," the bench
said and sought a report from the experts committee within
four weeks.

Taking a serious view over Vishal`s 87 visits to Batra
Hospital and shifting of Vikas from `B` class facility to `A`
class at AIIMS since their conviction in 2008, the high court
had earlier, directed both the hospitals to place before it
their medical records.

After perusing the documents, the court had also asked
Vishal to return the money spent by the government on his
security during his numerous visits to various hospitals from
Tihar jail.

Meanwhile, referring to the AIIMS medical records,
victim`s mother Neelam Katara alleged Vikas was not in his
room on October 26, 2011 night which was the day of `Diwali`.

Her counsel P K Dey argued that Vikas had left the
hospital at 8.30 pm and came back next morning but the sister
who was on duty was not informed either by the patient or the
policemen who were with him.

Seeking a CBI probe into it, the lawyer said it is evident
that Vikas had gone out of hospital in collusion with the
personnel who had refused to reveal anything to the sister at
AIIMS.

In 2008, a trial court has awarded life imprisonment to
Vikas and Vishal and also similar punishment to third accused
Sukhdev Pehalwan who had been tried separately as he had
absconded during the trial of Yadavs in the case.

While the convicts have moved the high court seeking
reversal of the trial court`s findings, police and Neelam
have filed appeals for award of death penalty, saying that the
offence was of the "rarest of rare" category.

Nitish Katara, a business executive, was abducted from a
marriage party at Ghaziabad on the intervening night of
February 16-17, 2002 and was later killed for his alleged
intimacy with Vikas` sister Bharti.

PTI

First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 21:23

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