Vikas Yadav, whose sister’s testimony played a role in his getting a life sentence for murder, will be able to attend her wedding.
Yadav’s younger sibling, Bharti, will tie the knot on November 1 at a banquet hall on Delhi’s M-G Road.
Delhi High Court on Friday allowed Yadav to attend just the wedding ceremony “under judicial custody”.
Yadav was accused of and convicted for murdering businessman Nitish Katara, as he did not approve of his relationship with Bharti.
The court said policemen in plain clothes will accompany Yadav all through. To ensure that he does not escape, they have been given liberty to “use such devices and equipments which they feel necessary.”
“According to the marriage card, the reception of baraat (the groom’s procession) is at 8 pm. Consequently, applicant (Yadav) be taken to the venue of marriage three hours before the time of reception till doli (the bride’s send-off), which could be till late hours on 1st November or till early hours of 2nd November,” ruled justices Anil Kumar and Vipin Sanghi.
Citing his conduct while he was released on bail earlier, the judges rejected Yadav’s plea for release on interim bail to oversee the arrangements and participate in various functions in the run up to the marriage.
Deposing as a witness in the murder case, Bharti had denied her intimate relationship with Katara but admitted to exchanging letters, photographs and cards with him. The court had deduced the intimate relationship between them from this as the motive for murder.