The Delhi high court rejected plea for death sentence to three convicts in the Nitish Katara murder case on Friday and turned it into life imprisonment.
A special bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice JR Midha rejected plea for death sentence to Vikas Yadav, brother of Katara’s friend Bharti, Vishal Yadav, Bharti’s cousin, and contract killer Sukhdev Pehalwan.
High court awarded additional 5 year-jail term to all three convicts for destruction of evidence in the case.
According to the prosecution, Vikas and Vishal killed Katara on the night of Feb 17, 2002, after abducting him from a marriage party in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, as they were opposed to his friendship with their sister Bharti.
The Yadavs had sought a re-trial of the case, saying the trial was not conducted in accordance with law.
They had challenged the trial court order convicting them and sentencing them to life imprisonment. Katara’s mother and police had also challenged the trial court’s order and sought death penalty for three convicts.