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Neelam empathises with Jessica's family

'I have full faith in the judiciary and I am sure I will get justice' says Neelam Katara.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 21:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish Katara who was allegedly murdered by Vikas Yadav, a co-convict in Jessica Lall murder case, on Wednesday said justice must bring relief to the victim's sister who waited for a long time to get it.

"Justice has been done and it must bring relief to Sabrina. I empathise with the victim's family, which had to wait for so long to get justice."

Talking about her son's case being heard in the court, she said it was strong on its own and the verdict in Jessica's case will not have any bearing whatsoever on it.

"I have full faith in the judiciary and I am sure I will get justice," she said.

Terming the life sentence to Manu Sharma as appropriate, former Chief Justice of India VN Khare said it has reinforced the confidence of the people in the judicial system.

"Since the murder was not pre-meditated and it happened at the spur of a moment, it was not the case of capital punishment," he said.

Khare also welcomed the new trend of sending show cause notices to the witnesses turning hostile during trials.

On the protection to the witnesses, he referred to Best Bakery case, in which both witnesses and victims were given protection. But, according to him, witnesses turn hostile due to fear or greed.

"Protection could be provided in case of fear, but the latter case of allurement is to be taken care of," he added.

First Published: Dec 20, 2006 20:50 IST