Katara murder case: HC reserves order on bail plea of Vikas
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 12:59
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on the bail plea of Vikas Yadav, who is undergoing life imprisonment in Nitish Katara murder case.

Vikas, son of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician D P Yadav, pleaded for interim bail for attending marriage ceremony of his sister Bharati Yadav.

A Division Bench headed by Justice Anil Kumar reserved its order on Vikas' plea after hearing his contentions and argument of Delhi police which opposed to granting any relief to him.

He had sought three month's interim bail to attend the function and perform the ritual as the bride's elder brother during the ceremony which is scheduled for November 1.

On May 28 last year, Vikas and his cousin Vishal were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Nitish Katara, a son of an IAS officer, in 2002 as they opposed Katara's intimacy with Bharati.

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

Vikas has also been convicted in 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 had killed Katara on the intervening night of February 17-18, 2002, after kidnapping him from a marriage party in Ghaziabad as they were against the relationship between the victim and Bharati.

The trial of the case was transferred to Delhi by the Supreme Court after Katara's mother Neelam had expressed apprehension that she will not get a fair trial in Uttar Pradesh where Vikas' father D P Yadav is a politician.

Bharati, who had left for the United Kingdom after the incident and had been avoiding deposition in court as a witness in the case, turned up in 2006 to record her statement after the trial court had issued non-bailable warrant against her.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 12:59

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