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Nitish Katara murder: Vikas, Vishal Yadav get 25 yrs in jail

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal, the convicts in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, will remain in jail for 25 years.

The SC gave the Yadav cousins a break by allowing their sentences to run concurrently rather than consecutively which means that instead of spending 30 years in jail, they will be behind bars for 25 years.

The apex court sentenced a third convict in the case, Sukhdev Pehalwan, to 20 years in prison.

The Delhi high court had earlier sentenced the convicts to 25 years in jail, and additional five years for destruction of evidence, with both sentences to run consecutively.

The Supreme Court bench on Monday gave the verdict on appeals filed by Vikas and Vishal against the Delhi high court order, which had enhanced their respective life terms ? handed down by a lower court ? to 25 years in jail without remission and an additional five years for destruction of evidence.

Both were convicted for the 2002 killing of 25-year-old business executive Nitish Katara. Vikas, the son of criminal politician D P Yadav, and cousin Vishal Yadav killed Katara on the night of February 17, 2002, after abducting him from a marriage party in Ghaziabad. They were opposed to Katara's relationship with Vikas' sister Bharti.

A trial court convicted them of the murder in 2008, and their conviction was upheld by the Delhi high Court in April 2014.