Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday rejected bail application of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav and his associate Praneet Bhati. Counsels for Yadav and Bhati have had moved a bail application before the High Court.
While hearing the application the double bench comprising Justice Sudhansu Dhulia and Justice SK Gupta ‘out rightly rejected’ the bail plea told Arvind Vashishth, advocate for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Yadav and his associates were sentenced to life behind bars on 10th March this year by a special CBI court of Dehradun for the murder of Ghaziabad MLA Mahendra Bhati, 23 years ago.
Besides Yadav, CBI court had also sentenced Pal Singh, Karan Yadav and Praneet Bhati to life imprisonment in the 1992 murder case.
Yadav’s son Vikas and another family-member Vishal are also in prison, serving a 30-year jail term for the highly-publicised murder of businessman Nitish Katara in 2002.
Once a close confidante of Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the muscleman from western UP Yadav had first switched loyalty to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and later settled in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
In between, he had also launched his own political outfit, Rastriya Parivartan Dal, but did not catch the attention of the people.