Nitish Katara murder: Vikas Yadav to get one day parole

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Uttar Pradesh
New Delhi, Nov 22: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted one day custodial parole to Vikas Yadav for signing some legal papers. He has been accused in Nitish Katara's murder case. The court has asked him to fix a date for the parole.

"Yadav's lawyer needs to inform the jail authorities as well as the public prosecutor about the date on which he intends to execute the document," said a bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and Pratibha Rani.

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

The Public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan claimed that it was not clear why Yadav needed four days to sign the papers and adding to that he said "It can be done in a day".

Vikas Pahwa, Yadav's counsel said that Yadav needed to complete power of attorney formalities so that the properties could be transferred to his brother's name. Adding to that, he said that if the formalities cannot be completed in one day, he can take one more day to complete his work.

"If the work cannot be done on the same day, you are at liberty to approach the court again," said the bench.

Neelam Katara, mother of the victim on Nov 9 said that "Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav always seek this kind of relief by filing such applications".

"I have a document that reveals that Yadav brothers have been finding an easy getaway in hospitals. Vikas and Vishal Yadav made 66 hospital visits from February 2010 to date.

Yadav brothers have been out of Tihar 151 times since May 2008, for varying durations, of which Vikas alone has made 82 visits to hospitals since his conviction. Of Vikas Yadav's 82 visits out of Tihar, 40 were for follow-up checks," she added.

Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal allegedly kidnapped Nitish Katara from a marriage party in Ghaziabad and killed him on the night of Feb 17, 2002.

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