The Delhi High Court on Thursday termed as prima facie unreasonable the frequent visits of the Nitish Katara murder case convicts Vikas and Vishal Yadav from Tihar Jail to various hospitals in the city and asked AIIMS to set up a medical board to examine their health conditions to vet the need of their outings.
The court also asked the jail authorities to produce complete medical records of both the convicts.
Ordering formation of a medical board to examine the duo at 11 am on February 7,the bench asked the AIIMS authorities to file a report on their health condition.
These are unreasonable visits. No record suggested that the treatment for TB was given to them. It appeared there was no need of their hospital visits, said the bench,while going through the records,which stated that Vishal visited Batra Hospital more than 40 times,while Vikas went to AIIMS over 80 times.
The court asked AIIMS to submit Vikas medical records from 2008 till date in a sealed cover to it by February 24,while asking Batra Hospital to produce the same pertaining to Vishals treatment there till date since 2002.
The court took serious note of the fact that Vikas had stayed in an A-class luxury room in a private ward of AIIMS from October 10 to November 4,2011 for a CT scan of his knee and spine,but nothing was done during that period and the scan was finally conducted on him as an OPD patient.
He paid only Rs 7,000 for the CT scan and rest of the expenses were borne by the state,according to an official report.
At this,the counsel for the Delhi police remarked: The money paid by the tax payers goes (down the drain) in such a way.
The court also asked the jail authorities to file a report on the number of security personnel deployed for their security during the numerous hospital visits.
The court is hearing an application by the Neelam Katara,mother of Nitish,seeking a direction to the jail authorities and AIIMS to produce entire records relating to the Yadav brothers ailments and their hospital visits.
Nitish Katara,a business executive,was abducted from a marriage party in Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16 and 17,2002. He was killed by the convicts for his alleged intimacy with Vikass sister Bharti Yadav. The trial court sentenced the Yadav brothers and co-accused Sukhdev Pehelwan to life imprisonment in the murder case.