The Delhi High Court Friday sentenced Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav to 30 years in prison for the murder of Nitish Katara, a friend of Vikas Yadav’s sister. Following is the timeline of the murder case:
Feb 16-17, 2002: Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav allegedly abduct and kill Nitish Katara for his intimacy with Vikas’s sister Bharti Yadav.
Feb 20: The burnt body of Nitish Katara is found near Hapur crossing in a village in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.
March 31: UP police file chargesheet in the murder case.
Apr 23: Police arrest accused Vikas and Vishal from Madhya Pradesh.
Aug 23: The Supreme Court orders the transfer of the case from a Ghaziabad sessions court to Delhi High Court.
Nov 23: Delhi High Court frames charges against the accused in the murder case and orders conduct of a separate trial against the third accused, Sukhdev Pehalwan in the case.
May 27, 2008: Court reserves order in the case.
May 28: Trial court holds Vikas and Vishal guilty in Nitish Katara murder case.
May 30: Court sentences both convicts to life terms.
July 1: Nitish’s mother Neelam Katara approaches Delhi High Court seeking death penalty for Vikas and Vishal.
Sept 5: Vikas and Vishal file appeal in High Court challenging the trial court verdict.
Jul 6, 2011: Trial court convicts Sukhdev Pehalwan in the case.
Jul 10: Court awards life imprisonment to Sukhdev.
Apr 16, 2013: High Court reserves judgment on appeals filed respectively by Nitish’s mother Neelam Katara, the three convicts and the prosecution.
Apr 2, 2014: High Court upholds conviction of Vikas, Vishal and Sukhdev, says it was a case of honour killing.