Nitish Katara Killers get 25 years in jail: Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court sentenced 25 year in jail to Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal who were convicted in the sensational 2002 Nitish Katara murder case.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan pronounced the verdict today on the appeals filed by Vikas and Vishal terming the murder of Katara as “honour killing”.
Earlier, Delhi high Court also awarded Yadavs’ acquaintance Sukhdev Yadav alias Pehelwan an enhanced life sentence of 25 years without remission by the court which held that the crime fell in “rarest of rare category”, but saved them from the gallows saying possibility of their reformation and rehabilitation is not “unforseeably foreclosed”.
The high court had also held that the murder of Mr Katara, who was in love with Vikas’s sister, was an “honour killing” which was done in a “very carefully planned and premeditated” manner with “extreme vengeance”.
It had also enhanced the fines imposed on Vikas and Vishal by slapping an amount of Rs. 54 lakh each on them, to be deposited in the trial court within six weeks.
The high court had on April 2, 2014, upheld the verdict of the lower court in the case by describing the offence as “honour killing” stemming from a “deeply-entrenched belief” in caste system.
Mr Katara was abducted and killed by Vikas, Vishal and Sukhdev as they did not approve of the victim’s affair with Ms Bharti because they belonged to different castes, the court said.