Hang Nitish Katara’s killer, government appeals to court

November 6th, 2008 - 11:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) The Delhi government Thursday petitioned the Delhi High Court seeking death sentence for convict Vikas Yadav, son of Uttar Pradesh politician D.P. Yadav, in the 2002 murder of Nitish Katara. A city court in June awarded Vikas and his cousin Vishal Yadav life sentences for killing Katara, son of an IAS officer.

The duo killed Katara as they were against their sister Bharti’s intimacy with him.

Seeking death penalty for the murder, the government said the trial judge has failed to appreciate the evidence that Vikas was involved in several criminal cases.

Citing the Jessica Lall murder case, the government stated that Vikas was on bail in that case when he along with Sukhdev Pehlwan committed the murder of Katara and there was no chance of their being reformed or rehabilitated.

On the matter of destruction of evidence by the convicts soon after killing Katara, the Delhi government said that there is a probability the convicts would continue to commit such offences and pose a threat to society.

A similar appeal was also filed by Neelam Katara, mother of the victim, seeking death penalty for the Yadav brothers, who had kidnapped Katara on the night of Feb 16, 2002, from a marriage party in Ghaziabad and killed him.

All appeals, filed by the convicts, and counter appeals are slated for hearing on Nov 17.

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