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Judicial custody for Pandher and Koli extended in Nithari killings

Case involved the rape and murder of at least 20 women and children

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The designated Central Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI) court yesterday remanded Noida businessma­n Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic aide Surinder Koli, accused in the Nithari serial killings, to judicial custody for 14 more days.

The duo was produced in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Sapna Mishra a day after the investigat­ing agency filed its second charge sheet in the string of gruesome cases of rape and killings of at least 20 young women and children at Nithari village near Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

Dismissed officer

The court also extended the judicial custody of dismissed police sub-inspector Simranjeet Kaur, who allegedly colluded with the two accused to shield them from the clutches of the law.

After the court proceeding­s, Pandher told reporters: “God will help me as I did nothing.”

The investigat­ing agency filed the first charge sheet March 22 in which Koli was named the main accused for the murder of Payal, 26, and Pandher was virtually exonerated from the charges of rape and killings.

It was Payal’s murder that had actually led to the unravellin­g of the macabre killings in Nithari village.

In the second charge sheet too, Pandher was spared and the CBI charged Koli with abduction, rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar.

According to CBI joint director Arun Kumar, there is no strong evidence against Pandher, who faces the charge of indulging in immoral traffickin­g and bribing Simranjeet Kaur.

 ?? AP ?? Moninder Singh Pandher comes out after being discharged from Civil Hospital in Gandhinaga­r, near Ahmedabad.
AP Moninder Singh Pandher comes out after being discharged from Civil Hospital in Gandhinaga­r, near Ahmedabad.

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