Nitish Katara murder: SC upholds conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav

Brand-new DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehalwan in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case.

The SC, however, agreed to hear the issue of quantum of punishment in the case.

On February 6 this year, Delhi high court had enhanced the life imprisonment of Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal to 25 years in jail without any remission and an additional five years for destruction of evidence in the honour killing of Nitish Katara in 2002.

The court had held that the murder of Katara, who was in love along with Vikas’ sister, was an “honour killing” which was done in a very “carefully planned and premeditated” manner along with “extreme vengeance”.

Vikas and Vishal had moved the Supreme Court versus the Delhi high court’s verdict.

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According to the prosecution, Vikas and Vishal killed Katara on the night of Febraury 17, 2002, after abducting him from a marriage party in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, as they were opposed to his friendship along with their sister Bharti.

Vikas and Bharti are children of former parliamentarian DP Yadav.

Vishal was convicted in 2008 along along with Vikas for kidnapping and murdering Katara, son of an Indian Administrative Service officer.

The Yadavs had sought a re-trial of the case, saying the trial was not conducted in accordance along with law.

They had challenged the trial court order convicting them and sentencing them to life imprisonment. Katara’s mother and police had also challenged the trial court’s order and sought death penalty for three convicts.

(along with inputs from agencies)

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