The Delhi High Court on Friday declined an early hearing of a parole plea moved by Vikas Yadav — convicted for the murder of Nitish Katara — saying it “will not make any difference” if the application is taken up after a month.
Justice A K Pathak refused to hear the plea, even as Vikas’s counsel Sumeet Verma contended that his client was “suffering” as his rights under Article 14 (equality before law) is being violated.
The court, however, turned down the counsel’s contention and said, “One more month will not make any difference. Whether you (convict) are happy or unhappy I will not prepone the date.” The matter will now be heard on March 17.
Vikas, son of UP politician D P Yadav, sought three months’ parole on grounds that he has to visit his 93-year-old grandfather. In his plea, he said he has been in jail for the past 13 years and his conduct has been good throughout.