Katara case: Vikas Yadav can attend sister’s wedding

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 15:38

b>Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday
refused to grant interim bail to Vikas Yadav, who is
undergoing life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case,
but allowed him to attend his sister`s marriage under judicial
custody.

A bench comprising Justices Anil Kumar and Vipin
Sanghi allowed Vikas, son of controversial Uttar Pradesh
politician D P Yadav, to participate in his sister`s wedding
ceremony on November 1 from 5 pm till his sister leave for her
husband`s house next morning.

The court directed the police officers to accompany
him in plain clothes during the function.

Vikas had pleaded that he has every right to maintain his family ties despite being in jail and hence should be given interim bail. "I am moving this court after seven years in jail. I should not be judged by what I did seven years ago. I am a changed person and my record in jail is very good,`` said Vikas in his plea.

But Delhi Police opposed the bail plea saying he might escape if released on bail. "There will be more than two thousand people attending the marriage ceremony and various functions will be held in three states of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. We have serious apprehension that he might escape as it would be difficult for us to keep an eye on each visitor,`` Delhi Police told the HC.

The bail appeal was also opposed by the Nitish’s mother Neelam Katara, who pleaded with the court not to grant interim bail as there would be a threat to her life if Vikas comes out of jail.

On May 28 last year, Vikas and his cousin Vishal were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Nitish Katara in 2002. They were opposed to Katara`s intimacy with Bharti.

Their appeal against the trial court verdict is
pending before the High Court.

Vikas has also been convicted in ramp model Jessica
Lal murder case and sentenced to four years of imprisonment by
the Delhi High Court for destruction of evidence.

Vikas and his cousin Vishal killed Katara on the
intervening night of February 17-18, 2002, after kidnapping
him from a marriage party in Ghaziabad.



First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 15:38

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