Ghaziabad: Nithari Killings – A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday convicted businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surender Koli to death in the Nithari serial rape and murder case.
Pandher and Koli were on Saturday convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing 20-year-old Pinky Sarkar.
A special CBI court in Ghaziabad described the case as “rarest of the rare”.
Special Judge Pawan Kumar Tripathi gave the ruling after finding the duo guilty of rape, murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy over the killing of the 20-year-old woman.
The case, the eighth of the several lodged against them, was registered by CBI on December 29, 2006.
Koli and Pandher were present in the court during the sentencing.
Prosecution lawyer JP Sharma sought the death sentence and argued that forensic evidence proved that Koli abducted, killed and raped the woman and also tampered with evidence.
On October 5, 2006, the woman was returning home from work. She took the road outside Pandher’s residence.
Koli lured her inside where she was killed and beheaded and dumped the body parts in a drain in the rear of the house. Investigators found her skull behind the house.
Defence lawyer Devraj Singh pleaded for minimum punishment as Pandher suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. After the court’s ruling, Singh said that his client would appeal against the conviction in a higher court.
The gruesome cases came to light in 2006 when the police discovered the skulls and bones of 16 persons, mostly children, outside Pandher’s house in Noida’s Nithari village.
Pandher and Koli were charge-sheeted in 16 of the 19 cases, while three were closed for want of evidence.