Katara murder case: Court moved against decision to transfer convicts

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The mother of the murdered youth Nitish Katara Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court against the state government’s decision to transfer some convicts, including those sentenced for her son’s killing, for the Tihar jail here to prisons in their home states.

Katara, in her plea, said that as per media reports, the Delhi government’s home department has written a letter to home secretaries of states for transfer of convicts, lodged in Tihar Jail, to their own states.
A letter was sent to the Harayana home secretary seeking transfer of 55 convicts in the teachers’ recruitment scam to a jail in their state, and a similar letter was written to Uttar Pradesh home secretary for Vikas and Vishal Yadav, serving life sentence in Tihar for killing Katara.
The Delhi government made the requests to the two states on recommendation of the Tihar Jail authorities, the reports said, to cut the number of inmates in the “overcrowded” jail.
Katara sought the court’s direction to call for a report from the Tihar Jail authorities and the office of the home secretary and pass appropriate order if decision was taken on this issue.
It was pleaded that the Supreme Court had transferred the Nitish Katara murder case from Ghaziabad to Delhi on the grounds that Vikas Yadav’s father D.P. Yadav is a very influential person and there is an immense threat to the witnesses.
She further said that high court is hearing the appeal filed by both convicts against the trial court order that awarded life term to them, as well as the appeal by police seeking enhancement of sentence.
Vikas and Vishal killed Katara on the night of Feb 17, 2002 after abducting him from a marriage party in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.
The trial court sentenced Vikas and Vishal to life imprisonment in May 2008.