The Delhi High Court had earlier sentenced Vikas 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.
Vikas Yadav, son of politician D.P.Yadav and one of the convicts in Nitish Katara murder case thehindubusinessline
The SC sentenced a third convict in the case, Sukhdev Pehalwan, to 20 years in prison.
The Yadavs were convicted for the 2002 killing of 25-year-old business executive Nitish Katara. Vikas, the son of criminal politician D P Yadav, and cousin Vishal Yadav killed Katara on the night of February 17, 2002, after abducting him from a marriage party in Ghaziabad. They were opposed to Katara’s friendship with Vikas’ sister Bharti.
Nitish Katara with Bharati Yadav folomojo
The crime had raised a public cry for justice.
The order came on the appeals filed by Vikas and Vishal against the Delhi high court order which had enhanced the life term to 25 years in jail without remission.
Although the Delhi high court didn’t give them the death penalty — despite holding the murder to be a “rarest of rare” crime — it enhanced the life sentence handed to them by the trial court.
Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish Katara thehindu