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Man shoots sister dead in suspected case of honour killing

In a suspected case of honour killing, a brother shot his sister dead after coming to know about her love affair, police said.

In a suspected case of honour killing, a brother shot his sister dead after coming to know about her love affair, police said.The incident took place in Darkawada village in Binauli area yesterday when Jabbar shot his sister Rizwana (19) killing her on the spot, they said.Jabbar was stated to be upset with her sister’s affair with a youth of his village and after his repeated warnings was ignored by his sister, he shot her.Police lodged an FIR in this connection and launched a hunt to nab the accused.

Nitish Katara murder: SC declines death sentence plea for convicts, says it wasn’t honour killing

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea by Neelam Katara seeking enhancement of sentence to death for Vishal and Vikas Yadav who have been convicted for murdering her son Nitish Katara in February 2002.

An apex court bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice R Banumati said that while it was a murder and could even be pre-meditated, it certainly was not heinous or a matter of honour killing.

Neelam Katara had moved the SC questioning Delhi High Court order sentencing both Vikas and Vishal Yadav to 25 and five years sentences which are to be run one after the other.

Nitish Katara. AgenciesNitish Katara. Agencies

Nitish Katara. Agencies

She sought enhancement of the sentence to death or alternatively imprisonment for whole life.

According to the High Court order, both the Yadav brothers are to undergo a sentence of 30 years each.

In August, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehalwan in connection with the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case.

The apex court had said that “only criminals are crying for justice” in this country. The Supreme court, which upheld the findings of the trial court and the Delhi High Court without issuing notices on the appeals of Vikas and Sukhdev, however, agreed to consider the limited aspect relating to enhancement of quantum of sentence of the three convicts by the Delhi High Court.

It, however, issued notice to the Delhi government on the scope of punishment and sought the reply within six weeks.

Nitish Katara was 25 when he was burnt to death in Ghaziabad near Delhi. He was dating Bharti Yadav, daughter of politician DP Yadav.  The young couple was attending a wedding party when Mr Katara was abducted and set on fire by Bharti’s brother Vikas and her cousin Vishal.

With inputs from PTI and IANS.

Nitish Katara murder case: SC upholds conviction of Vikas, Vishal, Sukhdev

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehalwan in connection with the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case.

The deceased Nitish Katara.

The deceased Nitish Katara.

The apex court said that “only criminals are crying for justice” in this country. The Supreme court, which upheld the findings of the trial court and the Delhi High Court without issuing notices on the appeals of Vikas and Sukhdev, however, agreed to consider the limited aspect relating to enhancement of quantum of sentence of the three convicts by the Delhi High Court.

The apex court bench, comprising Justices JS Khehar and Adarsh Kumar Goel, heard senior lawyers including UR Lalit for almost two hours before saying that the High Court order “does not call for” any intervention.

It, however, issued notice to the Delhi government on the scope of punishment and sought the reply within six weeks.

At the outset, the moment Lalit opened his arguments saying the three convicts have been awarded life term for one injury on the head of the victim, the bench observed, “in honour killings” such things happen.

The bench then referred to the fact that almost of all prosecution witnesses had “resiled” from their statements in the trial court and said, “this shows how much power you wielded”.

It trashed the submission that key prosecution witness Ajay Katara, who had last seen the victim alive in the company of the three accused in a Tata Safari car on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002 at Hapur Chungi in Ghaziabad, was a “planted and fabricated” witness.

All witnesses had resiled and only this man recorded his statement against the accused and “you want to demolish” his testimony, the bench said during the hearing, adding “show us something glaring. Otherwise, we are not with you.”

Lending credence to witness Katara, it said that he had shown “overwhelming courage” and “if you (advocate) cannot dent Ajay Katara then we are not with you.”

Lalit, however, tried hard to convince the bench and said that the witness, who lived in Shahadara, had his scooter broken down on the middle of road near Hapur Chungi around 12.30 am forcing the Tata Safari Car to stop behind him.

The man, who does not remember the address of his rented house, reaches the police after a month of the incident and gives statement that he identifies the three accused whose photographs were all over, including television channels, Lalit said, reiterating that Ajay was a “planted” witness.

He also referred to the testimony of Investigating Officer Anil Samania to drive home the point that Ajay was lying. The court, however, trashed this argument also.

On the allegation that defence lawyer was not allowed to ask material questions during the trial about the eye-sight of Ajay Katara, who deposed wearing sunglasses, the bench said, “If he can drive a scooter in the middle of the night, if he can see the road, then he can see all of you. Nothing revolves on it.”

Accusing the convicts of wasting “judicial” time, the bench said they had been given enough “indulgence” by the High Court.

“This is a strange case that is why we are hearing you. Otherwise, we would have thrown it half-an-hour back,” the bench said during the hearing.

“You made all witnesses to resile. This man is standing. You want to demolish him. Even the girl denied everything till the time photographs and e-mails came up.

“Just imagine, the kind of threat perception, you created. This country is going like this. Only criminals are crying for justice. What kind of fairness, he (convict) is expecting,” the bench said.

During entire hearing, the bench asked the convicts’ counsel several times to show one “glaring” defect in the high court order and the records and said, “you prick our conscience, we are with you, otherwise, we are not with you.”

The bench rejected the submission of Sukhdev Pehlwan saying that “you are an honest servant of master (Yadavs), but your problem is that you helped them in the crime. … “You will swim together or you will sink together.”

On 6 February 2015, the Delhi High Court had enhanced the life imprisonment of Vikas and his cousin Vishal Yadav to 25 years in jail without any remission and an additional five years for destruction of evidence in the honour killing of Nitish Katara in 2002. Sukhdev Pehelwan had been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

It had also enhanced the fines imposed on Vikas and Vishal by slapping an amount of Rs 54 lakh each on them, to be deposited in the trial court within six weeks.

Of the above amount, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 10 lakh would be disbursed to Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments, while Rs 40 lakh would be given to Nitish’s mother, Neelam Katara.

The court had held that the murder of Nitish, who was in love with Vikas’ sister, was an “honour killing” which was done in a very “carefully planned and premeditated” manner with “extreme vengeance”.

The High Court verdict had come following the appeal by the trio challenging the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court. The high court also instructed Vikas and Vishal to pay a Rs 50 lakh each.

Vikas and Vishal had moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s verdict.

Vikas, who is the son of Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, his cousin Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehelwan had been found guilty of killing Nitish Katara, a business executive and the son of an IAS officer, on the night of 16-17 February 2002.

(With inputs from PTI)

Naked bodies of a man and a woman found in separate trunks in Sonepat, Haryana

Sonepat: Naked bodies of a man and a woman were found inside two big trunks dumped near a park in Haryana’s Sonepat district on Monday, with the police not ruling out the possibility of honour killing.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The bodies of the unidentified persons were found inside the trunks dumped near the corner of the Devi Lal Park, Sonepat SP, Ashok Kumar said.

“The bodies were found in a naked state. While the man was around 30 years old, the woman was around 25-30 years old. The young woman was also wearing a set of bangles which are commonly worn by newly wed women,” the SP told PTI.

Asked if it could be a case of honour killing, he said that nothing can be ruled out at this stage.

“We have constituted five police teams that will work on the case and hunt for further clues. We are hopeful about solving the case at the earliest,” he said.

The bodies were found close to the National Highway-1 which borders Delhi on one side and UP on the other. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

PTI