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Nitish Katara case: HC disinclined to grant parole to Vikas Yadav over conduct

The Delhi High Court on Monday appeared disinclined to grant two months parole to Vikas Yadav, one of the three killers of Nitish Katara serving a 25-year jail term without remission, saying he has been taking law into his hands and has used “political clout”.

“I am not inclined at such a early stage. Look at your conduct. It has really been bad. It continued till the verdict was pronounced by this court and was later confirmed by the Supreme Court,” justice Vipin Sanghi said.

“Till the seal was put by the Supreme Court by upholding the conviction, this man (Vikas) has been seen taking law into his hands. This man has to remain in jail to learn something. He used his and his father’s political clout to do everything possible to move out of jail. This can even be established as this case has been watched by the society at large,” the judge said.

His father DP Yadav is at present in jail in connection with a murder case.

The court said there had to be some cooling-off period for the convict.

“I am not inclined at this stage, sorry,” the judge said and asked the counsel representing the convict to either withdraw the plea or inform the court whether he wants any specific order.

Sensing the mood of the court, the counsel for Vikas said he needed time till Tuesday to take instructions on the query.

Vikas has sought parole for two months to maintain social ties and arrange for Rs 54 lakh, a fine imposed on him by the high court.

Delhi police, represented by its additional standing counsel Rajesh Mahajan, opposed the plea saying the conduct of the convict does not entitle him for parole as he miused the system like anything.

The victim’s mother Neelam Katara also said Vikas cannot compare himself with other prisoners.

The court, thereafter, said the convict can deposit the fine amount after 10 years as he has already spent 15 years out of the 25 years of jail term.

Source: HindustanTimes