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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    indian
    Oct 3, 2016 at 12:20 pm
    Very poor verdict. Soft on crime
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      SC.am
      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.
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        Janki
        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....
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          Janki
          Oct 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm
          When will the Supreme CORRUPTs will be sentenced for abetting murder?
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            Fknation
            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.
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              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.
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                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.
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                  Ghaziabadi
                  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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                    pais
                    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:10 am
                    Twenty-five years without parole is an adequate sentence. Courts in India generally pronounce life imprisonment casually and you often see the accused coming out after seven years after availing remissions. It is necessary for courts to always pronounce that there will be no parole during the incarceration. Otherwise, convicts with influence, and I do not want to mention names, will spend more time outside than inside jail.
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                      kamath Ramesh
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 10:51 am
                      What is the use by giving such a long term punishment or by extending by 5 more years. Why govt is spending tax payers money on such criminals maintenance. Now they are in the middle of their life and even if they reform themselves what good they can make to the society after they come out from jail. Is it not better to give them the death sentence and finish the matter. Such habitual offenders deserve no sympathy.
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                        Mail Me
                        Oct 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                        They should have been hanged. It is not for nothing that Indian judiciary is a joke.
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                          krishna
                          Oct 3, 2016 at 5:40 am
                          The country should strengthen its law and order.Respect for law should be instilled in place of fear. The police should behave in responsible manner that should encourage victimised citizens to approch law guarding agencies without any apprehension. The politicians, bureaucrats,police, CBI officials, CID officials should be given extra punishment for any crime committed by them.Similar fashion these named persons should be severally punished for any disproportionate income/ wealth they hold India the developed country only the honesty shall rule without fear.
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                            PRAVIN S
                            Oct 3, 2016 at 6:28 am
                            note- name of judge mis hra tells everything
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                              Shilpa
                              Oct 3, 2016 at 6:50 am
                              'Life Term' literally means for life.....at least in more civilized parts of the planet like the USA - if you're jailed for life there, you're in till you leave the earth. And that's exactly what killers who killed with intention and brazenness deserve as that's exactly what they're expected to do after they come out to people who dared demand that they be brought to justice....time will only add to their desire for revenge........let them stay there for life...if other innocent humans are to be saved
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                                sai ansh
                                Oct 3, 2016 at 6:35 am
                                What a travesty. This is not the only one. Last month so many cases where SC acquitted or drastically reduced sentences, incl death. Its high time the govt. introduced mandatory sentencing guidelines - like they have in England - to minimize the role of judiciary in acting as Santa Claus -- which our higher judiciary is prone to.
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                                  sai ansh
                                  Oct 3, 2016 at 6:35 am
                                  What a travesty. This is not the only one. Last month so many cases where SC acquitted or drastically reduced sentences, incl death. Its high time the govt. introduced mandatory sentencing guidelines - like they have in England - to minimize the role of judiciary in acting as Santa Claus -- which our higher judiciary is prone to.
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                                    Sheik Mohamed
                                    Oct 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                    We have no other alternative except to accept the verdict of Apex court, the convicts deserves death sentence for the heinous crime they committed
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                                      Tauro
                                      Oct 3, 2016 at 6:02 am
                                      It is wrong to let them off after 25 or 30 years as they will be threat to Kataria's family. They should be kept in jail till their ends and that should send a signal to all those who involve in honour killings. .
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                                        V B
                                        Oct 3, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                        In our jurisprudence human rights seem to belong to criminals none to the dead victims.
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                                          yash sehgal
                                          Oct 3, 2016 at 11:10 am
                                          A shock n surprise..!!
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