Katara murder convict Vikas gets a day's parole



New Delhi: Vikas Yadav, serving life term along with cousin Vishal in the Nitish Katara murder case, was granted custodial parole for a day by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday to execute a general power of attorney in favour of his mother.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Pratibha Rani granted a day's custodial parole to Yadav, brushing aside his plea for bail for four days.

The bench asked Yadav's lawyer to inform the jail authorities as well as the public prosecutor about the date on which he intends to execute the document.

"Vikas Yadav is permitted to be released in custody parole for a day. The jail superintendent is directed to ensure that the applicant (Yadav) returns to jail on the same day after executing the document," the bench said.

Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan opposed Yadav's plea for four-day parole, saying the convict has failed to make it clear why he needed four days to execute a single document. It can be done in a day, he said.

Yadav's lawyer, senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, however, submitted to the bench that his client has to execute the document at Ghaziabad.

"By any reason, if it cannot be done the same day, it can be done the next day, for which he needed more than a day," the counsel said.

"If the work cannot be done on the same day, you are at liberty to approach the court again," the bench said while declining his plea for four days custody parole.

PTI