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.
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