Vikash and Vishal Yadav convicted

Neelam Katara, mother of the murder victim Nitish Katara, on Wednesday termed the trial court
judgement convicting prime accused Vikas and his cousin Vishal Yadav in the case as a ”milestone” and hoped that it would ensure that no other person would meet the fate of her son.

”This is a milestone case and I believe this (judgement) would ensure no other son of any mother would meet such a fate (as that of her son),” she said, in her reaction to the court’s verdict.

She also said that her faith in the judiciary has been strengthened with the judgement.

”My faith in the judiciary have been vindicated and strengthened with the verdict. Now I am feeling a sense of relief and am grateful to God,” she told reporters outside the courtroom in the Patiala House courts here.

The victim’s younger brother Nitin Katara attributed the judgement to her mother’s relentless fight for justice.

”I believe he (Nitish) died for love. He died for freedom of expression, he died for that school of thought…in our generation that we are allowed to make a choice and stand by it and that belief has been vindicated today by this decision.

On being asked why stayed away from the trial for so long, he said my mother was the big force fighting for justice and I did not want to be a distraction for her. ”My mother is my God,” he said.

However, G K Bharti, counsel for Yadavs, said ”it seems that the trial court has given this verdict under some pressures from some quarter.”

On the contrary, Special Public Prosecutor B S Joon said that in view of the evidence, he had firm belief since the very beginning that it was accused who had committed the offence.

”In my mind, it was always there that Vikas and Vishal have committed the gruesome crime and they cannot evade the conviction for their act, and you all saw and heard it today what the court had delivered,” he said, adding that justice has finally been delivered.


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