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Nitish Katara Murder Arguments on Punishment (July 12)

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday adjourned the sentencing hearing of Sukhdev Pehalwan, the third accused in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case, till July 12.

Additional sessions judge J.R. Aryan adjourned the arguments after Pehalwan’s counsel filed an application stating that he would not be able to attend today’s hearing.

The court granted the motion and set July 12 for the sentencing hearing. The verdict on Pehalwan’s sentence will be handed down after the hearing.

Pehalwan was found guilty Wednesday of murder, kidnapping, destruction of evidence, conspiracy and concert in connection with the murder of Nitish Katara.

His trial was separate from two other convicts, Vikas and Vishal Yadav, as he could not be arrested until 2005.

“The case has been proved against you. You were with Vikas and Vishal Yadav that night when the murder took place,” the court said while passing sentence.

According to the prosecution, Pehalwan was traveling with co-accused Vikas and Vishal in his car after they abducted and murdered Katara at a wedding party in Ghaziabad on the night of February 16-17, 2002.

The case was referred to a Delhi court by the Supreme Court at the request of Nitish Katara’s family.

Pehalwan was declared a proclaimed offender prior to his arrest. Charges were filed against him in April 2006.

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