Vikas Yadav may escape if granted bail: Police
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 18:59
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday opposed the bail plea of Vikas Yadav in the Delhi high Court saying he might escape if allowed to get out of jail to attend his sister Bharati's wedding.

"There would be more than two thousand people attending the marriage and the ceremony is spreading over three states of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. We have a serious apprehension that he might escape from the place as it would be difficult for us to keep an eye on each visitor," the Delhi Police told the Court here.

"We do not know who are the people attending the marriage and a section of them might take him away even when the convict is released on custodial parole. We can't control and put restrictions on their events," the police said .

Vikas, son of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician D P Yadav, pleaded he has every right to maintain his family ties despite being in jail and he should be allowed interim bail.

"I am moving this court after seven years in jail. I should not be judged by what I did seven years back. I am a changed person and my record in jail is very good," senior advocate U U Lalit, appearing for Vikas, said.

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

A division bench headed by Justice Anil Kumar reserved its order on Vikas' plea after hearing contentions of all parties.

Vikas 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 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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 18:59

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