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Nitish Katara murder case: SC dismisses Delhi Govt.’s plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the Delhi Government’s petition seeking death sentences for the accused in the Nitish Katara murder case.
“The Supreme Court has rejected the state government’s plea demanding capital punishment in the case. But advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who is representing the government, said the court should consider the punishment to be somewhere between 30 years or life imprisonment. To which the court has agreed for the hearing,” Neelam Katara, the mother of deceased, told the reporters.

Earlier, the apex court had rejected Neelam’s plea for conferring the death sentence on his murderers, Vikas and his cousin Vishal, holding that Katara’s murder wasn’t an honour killing.

The Supreme Court has already upheld the conviction of Vikas and Vishal for the murder of Nitish Katara.

However, it is yet to conclude arguments on the quantum of sentence. The Delhi high court had awarded 30 years imprisonment to Vikas and Vishal.

Nitish Katara, a business executive, was abducted from a marriage party in Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002, and was later killed by the Yadav brothers. (ANI)