A bench of Justices Gita Mittal and J R Midha fixed April 25 for hearing the arguments on quantum of sentence to be awarded to Vikas Yadav, his cousin Vishal and another accomplice Sukhdev Yadav.
    
"The appeals are devoid of merit. We have also held that the killing of Nitish Katara was an honour killing," the bench said.
    
The High Court's judgement came nearly a year after it had reserved its verdict on April 16 last year.
    
Vikas, Vishal and Sukhdev are serving life term for abducting and killing Nitish Katara, a business executive and son of an IAS officer, on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002.

The court has heard five appeals filed by the three convicts against their conviction and one each from the prosecution and Nitish’s mother Neelam Katara seeking death penalty for the persons found guilty by the lower court.

However, the court had decided to segregate the appeals filed by the victim's mother and the prosecution from that of the convicts.
    
The prosecution had alleged that the convicts allegedly killed the victim as they did not approve of his alleged affair with their sister Bharti Yadav.

Vikas and Vishal were convicted by the trial court in 2008. Their accomplice Sukhdev, who had absconded for some time but was arrested in 2005, was tried separately and sentenced to life term by the trial court.
    
The trial court had in 2008 convicted them and awarded rigorous life term to all three.

(JPN/Agencies)

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