The Delhi high court has dismissed the parole plea of Vikas Yadav, who is serving life term for killing business executive Nitish Katara in 2002, by refusing his submission that he has to attend his ailing mother as there is no one to look after her. The high court said Yadav’s mother is not immobile, as was suggested, and there are sufficient number of relatives to look after her.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru also considered that Ajay Katara, a key prosecution witness, and Nilam Katara, mother of the victim, have serious objections to Yadav being released as they fear for their safety. “This court is not persuaded to accede to the prayers made in the present petition,” the judge said and dismissed the plea.
The high court said the Delhi government’s June 26 order rejecting Yadav’s parole plea cannot be faulted with. Yadav sought parole on the ground that he has to take care of his mother, who was stated to be suffering from spinal medical condition along with thyroid and inner stress causing her depression.
He also claimed that he was suffering from mental trauma due to incarceration for more than eighteen years and he requires parole to connect with his family members and maintain family and social ties.