Death penalty for Koli and Pandher
Known as Nithari Killings, Noida based businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his aide Surinder Koli have been sentenced to death by a special CBI court on December 8 in one of the 16 cases of the macabre serial killings in 2005 and 2006 for kidnapping, raping and murdering 24-year-old domestic help in 2006. These serial killings have been rightly termed as “Crime among rarest of rare”. Those who commit such grisly murders deserve no leniency on any ground whatsoever.
It is noteworthy that Moninder Singh Pandher had managed to escape the gallows in other cases in which Koli was awarded death. Pandher who was out on bail was taken into custody after the conviction. Such criminals who commit such heinous crimes time and again deserve no leniency and no bail as they are a threat to the whole society and very rightly must be behind bars. Let me briefly outline the entire chronological sequence of events in this landmark case.
2006: December 29 The killings came to light after eight skeletal remains of children were recovered from the drain of a house in Nithari in Noida. The prime suspects Moninder Singh Pandher who was house owner and his domestic help Surinder Koli were arrested.
December 30 - More skeletons are found in the drains.
2007: January 7- CBI takes charge of the case.
March 22 - First chargesheet field by CBI in Ghaziabad court. Koli is charged for all the murders, besides kidnap and rape. Pandher slapped with lesser charges.
May 1 - Parents of three victims move court against the CBI for letting Pandher off.
May 11 - Ghaziabad court asks CBI to probe Pandher’s role.
November 1 - The Supreme Court issues notice to CBI on allegation that it was trying to shield Pandher.
December 13: Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad frames charges against Pandher for rape and murder of two teenagers.
2009: February 12 Pandher and Koli are
pronounced guilty of rape and murder.
February 13 - Duo sentenced to death by CBI Court for rape and murder of 14-year-old Rimpa Halder who is one of the 19 victims in Nithari serial killings.
September 11 Allahabad High Court upholds death sentence of Koli.
2014 August Pandher granted bail by High Court and walks out of Dasna jail.
2017: July 22 - CBI court convicts Pandher and Koli.
July 24 - Death sentence awarded to Pandher and Koli in 20 years old maid rape and murder case.
December 8 – Pandher and Koli awarded with death sentence for rape and murder of 24 years old maid.
Allahabad High Court