The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the parole plea of Vikas Yadav, convict in the Nitish Katara murder case, seeking his release from prison.
Yadav had filed an appeal against the cancellation of his plea for parole. He had also filed a writ petition seeking his release on the ground that he had undergone continuous 17 years of jail term.
When the matter came up for hearing the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi said the convict was awarded 25 years of jail term and it has to be served without any grant of remission.
The Bench said, “You have been sentenced for 25 years of imprisonment, complete it,” while dismissing the plea of Yadav for grant of four-week parole.
The Court, however, declined to entertain the plea and dismissed both the plea for parole, as well as the writ petition.
Nitish Katara, a business executive, was kidnapped and murdered in 2002 for his alleged affair with Vikas Yadav’s sister Bharti Yadav, as they belonged to different castes.
The convicts, Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehelwan had been awarded life imprisonment by the trial court in the Katara murder case. The same was upheld by the Delhi High Court. The Delhi High Court had further reduced the life imprisonment awarded to Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav to 30 years imprisonment of which 25 years would be without remission.
This order was then appealed before the Supreme Court in 2015. The Supreme Court in October, 2016 sentenced Vikas and Vishal Yadav to 25 years of rigorous imprisonment and co-accused Sukhdev Pehelwan to 20 years of imprisonment without remission.
Both the Delhi Government as well as Neelam Katara (mother of Nitish Katara) had previously filed petitions seeking the imposition of the death penalty of the convicts. However, these petitions were dismissed by the Supreme Court.
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