The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the bail plea of Vikas Yadav who is serving life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan rejected Yadav’s petition on the ground that his appeal against a lower court order, convicting him in the murder case, was pending before Delhi High Court.
“We will not grant any bail while his appeal is pending,” the bench said.
Yadav’s senior counsel Mukul Rohatagi persisted, saying it could take several years for the appeal to get decided. But the court turned down his request.
“I have already spent more than seven years in jail,” Rohatagi told the court on behalf of Yadav.
Yadav, who is also convicted in the Jessica Lall murder case for destruction of evidence, was recently allowed to attend his sister's wedding under judicial custody.
The Delhi High Court had, however, refused to grant him interim bail and directed the police to accompany Yadav in plain clothes during the function on November 1.
On May 30, the Patiala House Court had awarded life sentence to Yadav, the son of Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav.
Vikas and Vishal had allegedly abducted Katara, the son of an IAS officer, from a marriage party in Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002. Katara'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.