Nitish Katara murder case: SC modifies jail term for Vikas Yadav, Sukhdev Pehlwan

Nitish Katara murder case: The SC said that punishments for Vikas Yadav and Sukhdev Pehlwan will run concurrently and not consecutively

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2016 5:20 pm
Vikas Yadav (left) and Nitish Katara (right) Vikas Yadav (left) and Nitish Katara (right)

The Supreme Court Monday modified the jail terms for Vikas Yadav and Sukhdev Pehlwan in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, reducing them by five years each. Vikas will now have to undergo an imprisonment of 25 years without remission while Sukhdev will be jailed for at least 20 years.

A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said that the Delhi High Court order of sentencing the duo to jail terms consecutively under charges of murder and for destruction of evidence shall be modified and the punishments shall rather run concurrently. Vikas was sentenced to 25 years in jail under murder charge and another five years for destruction of evidence. Similarly, it was 20 years for Sukhdev for murder and an additional five years for destroying evidence.

The top court upheld the High Court order on specifying a minimum jail term without remission and said courts are empowered to do so.

The third convict in the case, Vishal Yadav hadn’t appealed against the High Court order and he has to undergo 30 years in jail without remission.

Nitish Katara, a business executive was murdered by Vikas and Vishal over the victim’s relationship with their sister Bharti. He was abducted from a marriage function in Ghaziabad and killed in February 2002. Vikas is the son of influential Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav.

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  1. I
    Oct 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    Very poor verdict. Soft on crime
    1. S
      Oct 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm
      Supreme CORRUPT is always anti people. May be Vikas and Vishal are part of the Brahmin Jihadist Party's catch words.
      1. J
        Oct 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm
        Another Ansal Brothers case. Unlike that case where the Super CORRUPT said they are too old to be sentenced, in this case SCam would say "They are too young and they should be allowed to ENJOY THEIR YOUTH." Next time it would say they should be supplied with wo....
        1. J
          Oct 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm
          When will the Supreme CORRUPTs will be sentenced for abetting murder?
          1. F
            Oct 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm
            Supreme CORRUPT has already scheduled an A N T I C I P A T O R Y REVIEW of the case in the month of January, 2017. A retired THIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA who is now GOING INBETWEEN(P I M P I N G)future sitting judge who has been drafted to take up the REVIEW CASE and DP Yadav. Those retired THIEVES ARE CALLED CONSULTANTS, whereas those buggers do just PIMPING BETWEEN PARTIES using their connections. It is already rumored that the sentence of 25 years will be flatly cancelled by the Supreme CORRUPT attributing to exceptional behavior by the murderers. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;INDIOTS will celebrate that too and be proud of FKing Judiciary.
            1. I
              IML sood
              Oct 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm
              One must agree with the views that life term means till one leads life on this earth without any specific period as ultimate demise date is in hands of the God. If one has to be released after a given period word life sentence must not be used to confuse the use of this word.Otherwise also the chance that such culprit will mend his or her ways is negligible.
              1. D
                Dev Verma
                Oct 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                Indian law is drafted taking money into consideration but the boy who lost his life have no meaning and slowly it will be reduced to 6 month pretty soon. Shame we live in a society where everyday these goons and kids of politicians do scams,rapes and what not but no law is there to convicts if does with hue and cry just in a few days they are out on bail and poor dies in jails.
                1. G
                  Oct 3, 2016 at 7:06 am
                  So relieved that the Yadavs are in Jail. They are notorious criminals from Ghaziabad, and I hope they rot for the next 20 years. DP Yadav deserves to see how his nefarious activities have created monsters of his sons. I hope the government ensures that these guys do not get any special treatment in Jail. They should lock up DP and the rest of his cronies also.
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