The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed the bail applications of Vikas and Vishal Yadav sentenced to life in the Nitish Katara murder case.
They were convicted by a trial court on May 28, 2008.
“We have given thoughtful consideration to the submissions made. The appellants have not been able to make a case for grant of bail,” said a Bench comprising Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice P.K. Bhasin.
Vikas and Vishal Yadav had allegedly abducted Katara, the son of an IAS officer, from a marriage party in Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16 and 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 two accused, as they did not approve of their sister Bharti Yadav’s growing proximity with him.
Earlier, the prosecution had produced evidence of Ajay Katara having seen the accused taking Nitish Katara to their car on the fateful night near Hapur Chungi in Ghaziabad.
“The trial court examined the testimony of the witnesses and has come to a conclusion that the three important circumstances — motive, last seen evidence and recoveries of hammer and watch at the instance of the accused — is certainly established,” said the Bench.