Vikas Yadav, who is undergoing life imprisonment in Nitish Katara murder case, today faced a tough time in convincing the Delhi High Court to grant him interim bail to attend the wedding of his sister Bharati.
As soon as the proceeding began on his bail plea, a bench comprising Justices Anil Kumar and Vipin Sanghi questioned his conduct as he got involved in another murder case while on bail earlier in the case.
"You were earlier released on bail and you got involved in crime. You were involved in another murder case and your bail was cancelled," the bench said in an unstated but obvious reference to Jessica Lal murder case in which Vikas has been convicted.
"Is your conduct, while out on bail, is not relevant? You absconded on two occasions," the bench said when the counsel, appearing for Vikas, pleaded for interim bail to attend his sister's wedding.
He sought three month's interim bail to attend the function and perform the ritual as the bride's elder brother during the function which is scheduled for November 1.
The police, however, opposed Vikas' bail plea and sought two days time to verify about the place and timing of the marriage of Bharati.
The bench, after hearing contentions of the police, posted the matter for further hearing on October 22.
On May 28 last year, Vikas and his cousin Vishal were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Nitish Katara, an MBA 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.
He has also been convicted in Jessica Lal murder case and has been sentenced by the Delhi High Court to four years of imprisonment for destruction of evidence.
The duo 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.