Supreme Court rejects Vikas Yadav’s parole plea in Nitish Katara murder case

Nation Next Newsroom | Nov 4, 2019 17:52

Vikas Yadav accompanied by police personnel

The Supreme Court of India on Monday dismissed the parole plea of Vikas Yadav who was sentenced to 30 years in jail in 2015 along with his brother Vishal by Delhi High Court for the murder of 25-year-old business executive Nitish Katara in 2002. The sentence of both the brothers was reduced to 25 years by Supreme Court in 2016.

Vikas, who’s the son of Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, had sought four weeks’ parole. When Yadav’s lawyer was asked by the apex court as to why Yadav needed parole, the lawyer replied, “It is his fundamental right.” To this the apex court replied, “You have been sentenced to 25 years. Where is the fundamental right? Complete 25 years.”

Nitish Katara, who was dating Vikas and Vishal’s sister Bharti Yadav, was kidnapped and murdered by the brothers near Delhi on February 16, 2002. Nitish’s mother fought a long legal battle to bring the Yadav brothers to justice.

While sentencing the Yadav brothers to 30 years in prison in 2015, the Delhi High Court had called Nitish’s murder an ‘honour killing’ planned with ‘extreme vengeance.’ The Supreme court while reducing the brothers’ sentence to 25 years in 2016 noted that, “Nitish Katara’s murder was committed in a planned and cold-blooded manner with the motive that has emanated due to feeling of some kind of uncalled for and unwarranted superiority based on caste.”