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    HC seeks record of Vikas Yadav's AIIMS visits

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Tihar Jail authorities to produce medical records of Vikas Yadav, serving life term along with two others in the Nitish Katara murder case, on a plea that he had visited hospitals 87 times by misusing his financial and political influence.

    "The Jail Superintendent is hereby directed to produce all the relevant medical records of convict Vikas Yadav," a bench of justices Gita Mittal and VK Shali said while posting the matter for hearing on Thursday.

    "Jail Superintendent is also directed to file a report as to whether other inmates have also been permitted to visit hospitals like Vikas Yadav," it said.

    The court's order came on the petition of Nilam Katara, mother of the victim, seeking a direction to the jail authorities and AIIMS to produce entire record relating to Yadav's ailments and his visits to the premier hospital.

    The court, meanwhile, also issued notices to Delhi Police and others on some cross appeals against the order of trial court awarding life imprisonment to Vikas Yadav, son of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, and his cousin Vishal Yadav in 2008.

    The lower court has also awarded similar punishment to third accused Sukhdev Pehalwan who was tried separately as he had absconded during the trial of Yadav in the case.

    While the convicts had moved the high court seeking reversal of the trial court's findings in the case, the Delhi Police and Nilam Katara had filed appeal for award of death penalty for them on the ground that the offence fell under the 'rarest of rare' category.

    The court has fixed the cross appeals for hearing on March 22.