Death penalty for Koli and Pand­her

Alive - - Editorial -

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

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