Katara murder case: HC allows Vikas Yadav to attend sister's wedding

      The High Court on Friday allowed Vikas Yadav, who is serving life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case, to attend his sister's wedding under judicial custody. However, the court refused to grant him interim bail. Directing the police to accompany Vikas in plain clothes during the function, the court allowed Vikas to attend his sister (Bharti Yadav) wedding on November 1. Vikas pleaded for interim bail for three months to take part in the marriage ceremony. On May 30, the Patiala House Court had awarded life sentence to Vikas, 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. 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. Vikas has also been convicted in Jessica Lal murder case and sentenced to four years of imprisonment by the Delhi High Court for destruction of evidence.

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