Supreme Court rejects Delhi govt appeal for death for Vikas Yadav

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Delhi government’s plea for death sentence for Vikas Yadav and others who were convicted for the murder of Nitish Katara while saying that it would examine their life sentence.

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The apex court bench headed by Justice J.S. Khehar directed the listing of the matter in the first week of February as it refused to accept the plea of Nitish Katara’s mother Neelam Katara as a ‘rarest of rare’ crime.

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Vikas Yadav and others were sentenced to 25 years of jail term for murdering Katara and another person five years for hatching the conspiracy.

“We will examine whether it should be 30 years or between life and death,” the bench said.

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The high court had said that both the sentences would run consecutively, thereby making it a prison term of 30 years.

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