The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant parole to Vikas Yadav, serving life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case, in order to allow him to meet family members.
However, the court asked Yadav's counsel to move the bench, which is hearing his appeal against his sentence, to seek relief.
Justice SL Bhayana refused to hear Yadav's parole plea after the prosecutor raised an objection that the convict failed to provide the detailed facts in the petition and that a division bench of this court is hearing his appeal against conviction, due to which the petition is not maintainable.
Pursuant to the court's order, Yadav's counsel withdrew his petition.
Seeking court permission to meet his family members in Ghaziabad, Yadav claimed in the petition that he has been in the jail since February 27, 2002 and his conduct is normal and good.
His counsel took the ground that Yadav was granted custody parole to attend his sister's marriage last year and sought 30 days parole to his client to meet his kin.
On May 30, 2008 a trial court had awarded life sentence to Yadav, the son of Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav and his cousin Vishal.
The duo had abducted Katara, an MBA graduate and son of an IAS officer, from a marriage party in Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002.
The victim's body was later recovered from a village in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district.
According to the prosecution, Katara, a business executive, was killed by the Yadav brothers as they did not approve of their sister Bharti's proximity with him.
Vikas Yadav has also been convicted in the Jessica Lal murder case and sentenced to four years of imprisonment by the Delhi High Court for destruction of evidence, which was again upheld by the Apex Court.