The Supreme Court sentenced on Monday Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav, convicted of killing Delhi resident Nitish Katara, to 25 years in prison.
A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra reduced the sentence awarded to Vikas and Vishal by the Delhi high court that had enhanced their life term to 25 years in jail without remission and an additional five years for destruction of evidence last year. Their aide, contract killer Sukhdev Pehelwan, was awarded 20 years imprisonment.
The bench said their sentence will run concurrently and not consecutively as the Delhi high court decided. With both Vikas, the son of powerful Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, and Vishal having already spent 14 years in prison, they will continue to remain in jail for another 11 years until 2027.
In 2014, the high court convicted the three men, terming the offence as “honour killing” stemming from a “deeply-entrenched belief” in the caste system.
Last year, the SC had upheld the conviction of Vikas, Vishal and Pehelwan for murdering the young business executive.
Vikas (39), Vishal (37) and Sukhdev (40) are serving the life term awarded by the lower court in May 2008 for kidnapping and burning Katara to death in 2002 as they didn’t approve of the victim’s affair with their sister Bharti because of a caste difference.