Neelam Katara, Mother of Nitish speaks to the media after SC order. (Photo: ANI)
The killers of Nitish Katara -- Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and their companion Sukhdev Pahalwan will undergo increased jail term of 25 years as the Supreme Court on Monday held that the courts have the right to impose the punishment of 25 years or even more.
While keeping the 2014 Delhi High Court's sentence of 25 years imposed on Vikas Yadav and two others, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan said, "We have powers to impose such special sentences".
In August 2015, Supreme Court had upheld Delhi High Court's conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pahalwan, and said it would later examine the question of quantum of sentence.
Vikas Yadav, his cousin Vishal and Sukhdev Pahalwan were convicted by the trial court in May 2008 and were sentenced to life imprisonment. However, the Delhi High Courtenhanced the sentence to 25 years with no remission.
Vikas and two others had moved the apex court challenging the Delhi High Court ruling, their conviction and award of special sentence to them.
Nitish Katara was killed as his relationship with Bharti Yadav was not liked by her brother Vikas Yadav.