New Delhi: The Delhi police have moved High Court seeking death penalty of Sukhdev Pehalwan, the third accused in the much-talked Nitish Katara murder case.

A bench of justices Gita Mittal and JR Midha sought Pehalwan’s response by issuing notice on a petition filed by special public prosecutor Daya Krishnan seeking capital punishment for him in the case.

Additional Sessions Judge JR Aryan of the Patiala house court had awarded life sentence to Pehalwan on July 12, 2012.

While pronouncing the sentence, the trial court had rejected prosecution's plea for death sentence to him, saying the case did not fall under the category of the rarest of rare crimes. The trial court had also rejected the arguments that the case be treated as “honour killing”.

Terming the incident as a murder case the court had imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on Pehalwan.  However, Neelam Katara, mother of Nitish Katara had said that she would appeal in the court to treat the incident as ‘honour killing’.

Neelam while talking to Dainik Jagran had said that she would fight the legal battle till the murderers of her son are awarded death penalty. She said, “I have immense faith in the Judiciary that justice would be done.”

(JPN/ Bureau)