Vikas Yadav, till now only charged with destruction of evidence in the Jessica Lall murder case, is in bigger trouble with the Delhi High Court on Thursday issuing him an oral showcause notice as to why he should not be charged with murder along with key accused Manu Sharma.
"Take it seriously. We issue a notice to you and you are to explain why a case under section 302 (murder) read with 34 of IPC (common intention) cannot not be made out against your client," a Division Bench of justices RS Sodhi and PK Bhasin told Yadav's counsel.
The court took the decision dissatisfied over the counsel's failure to answer a query as to why Yadav should not be tried for having a common intention behind the murder of Jessica when the prosecution is claiming it has evidence that he was with Manu when the shooting took place and escaped with him.
Yadav's counsel has been asked to respond to the showcause along with written submissions. On Tuesday, the Bench had grilled him after he could not answer whether the Tata Safari, which Yadav had removed from the spot, was a piece of evidence or not.