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Nitish Katara Murder Case: Vikas, Vishal Yadav awarded 25 Yrs Life Imprisonment

New Delhi, Feb 06: The Delhi High Court on Friday awarded Vikas Yadav and two others convicted in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, life imprisonment.

While Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav were awarded 25 years life imprisonment for abducting and killing Katara, Sukhdev Pehelwan was sentenced to 20 years in jail in the case.

The culprits Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav were also fined Rs 50 lakh each.

The three were also awarded additional 5 years jail term for destruction of evidence in the murder case.

The prosecution has requested for death sentence to Vikas Yadav and two others in the case. However, the bench of justices Gita Mittal and JR Midha sentenced them to life while delivering the 13-year-old case.

They were convicted on Dec 8 last year for abducting and killing Nitish Katara, a business executive and the son of an IAS officer. Katara was killed on the night of Feb 16-17, 2002. The victim was in love with Bharti, the daughter of DP Yadav, a politician in Uttar Pradesh. However, Vikas Yadav, son of DP Yadav and two others opposed their affair as the couple belonged to different castes.

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