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May 19, 1999
Vikas Yadav, wanted in Jessica's murder case, 'surrenders'
Vikas Yadav, an accused in the sensational Jessica Lal murder case of April 29, ''surrendered'' at the police headquarters in New Delhi this afternoon, armed with an anticipatory bail from an Imphal (Manipur) court.
Joint commissioner of police, southern range, Amod Kanth, at whose office Vikas ''surrendered,'' however, said he had not been formally arrested and was free so far.
''We do not even know whether the person is Vikas. We have also not received the bail order from the Imphal court. All we have got is a copy of the court order from the accused and his lawyers. We are trying to ascertain and verify the court orders and till then Vikas is free,'' Kanth told reporters who had gathered there.
When asked whether Vikas would be kept under surveillance till the time the verification of the court order is received, Kanth declined comment. ''He is free till we arrest him.''
Vikas, who was accompanied by about seven lawyers and some supporters, categorically denied that he was at the Tamarind Court restaurant when Jessica Lal was murdered. ''Manu (the main accused) came to my house and wanted to spend the night there. I only allowed him to stay not knowing what had happened.''
Vikas's lawyers said, ''We have come here to surrender. We will continue to come here every day just because we are innocent.''
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