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Nithari case: SC upholds death sentence for Koli

New Delhi: In a major development, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence awarded to Surinder Singh Koli by a special CBI court in the Nithari serial killings case, and termed it as rarest of the rare crime.

According to reports, the apex court maintained that the heinous crime committed by Koli was “horrifying and barbaric” and hence cannot be pardoned.

The apex court, however, took no decision on a petition filed by the CBI against the acquittal of Koli’s employer and businessman Moninder Singh Pandher in a Nithari case.

The apex court order was passed in connection with the sensational rape and murder of 15-year-old Rimpa Haldhar, who was one of the 19 young women and children from Nithari whose body parts were found in a drain behind the bungalow of Koli’s employer Pandher in December 2006.

In February 2009, a special CBI court sentenced Pandher and Koli to death for raping and killing Rimpa Haldar.

But, much to the shock of the victims’ families, Pandher was acquitted by the Allahabad High court in September 2009.

Of the 19 cases of abduction, rape and murder of four women and 15 children, mostly girls, the CBI has filed chargesheets in 16 cases. All the cases are being heard separately. While Koli has been charged with rape, abduction and murder in all the cases, Pandher is co-accused in only six cases.

In December last year, Anil Haldar, father of Rimpa Haldar, who was also raped and killed, had moved a Special Leave Petition seeking restoration of death penalty for Pandher.

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