The Supreme Court On Monday sentenced the two accused in the Nitish Katara murder case, Vikas Yadav and Vishal Yadav, to 25 years in prison.
Their aide, Sukhdev Pehalwan was also sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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
Feb 20, 2002: The burnt body of Nitish Katara is found near Hapur crossing in a village in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.
March 31, 2002: UP police file chargesheet in the murder case.
Apr 23, 2002: Police arrest accused Vikas and Vishal from Madhya Pradesh.
Aug 23, 2002: The Supreme Court orders the transfer of the case from a Ghaziabad sessions court to Delhi High Court.
Nov 23, 2002: 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, 2008: Trial court holds Vikas and Vishal guilty in Nitish Katara murder case.
May 30, 2008: Court sentences both convicts to life terms.
July 1, 2008: Nitish’s mother Neelam Katara approaches Delhi High Court seeking death penalty for Vikas and Vishal.
Sept 5, 2008: 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, 2011: 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
Apr 2, 2014: High Court upholds conviction of Vikas, Vishal and Sukhdev, says it was a case of honour killing.
May 6, 2015: High Court declined Vikas Yadav’s parole extension plea
August 17, 2015: Supreme Court upheld conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehalwan.
October 9, 2015: Supreme Court rejected a plea by Neelam Katara seeking enhancement of sentence to death for Vishal and Vikas Yadav.
November 16, 2015: Supreme Court said it will examine the quantum of life sentence that may be awarded to the Yadav cousins.
October 3, 2016: Supreme Court reduced the sentenced term of Vishal and Vikas Yadav from 30 years to 25 years. Sukhdev Pehalwan’s term was also reduced from 25 to 20 years.