Nithari victim’s father challenges Pandher’s acquittal in apex court
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to businessman Moninder Singh Pandher (52) on a petition challenging his acquittal in the Rimpa Haldar murder case.delhi Updated: Jan 18, 2010 23:59 IST
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to businessman Moninder Singh Pandher (52) on a petition challenging his acquittal in the Rimpa Haldar murder case.
Fourteen-year-old Rimpa was one of the 19 victims, who were allegedly sexually abused and killed in Pandher’s house in Nithari village, Noida.
The Allahabad High Court had acquitted him in the case but upheld the death sentence awarded to domestic help Surinder Koli (38).
The trial court in Ghaziabad had convicted both, awarding them death sentences. The Supreme Court has already stayed Koli’s death sentence.
A bench headed by Justice Altmas Kabir also issued notices to the CBI on a petition filed by the victim’s father Anil Haldar after his counsel accused the probe agency of colluding with Pandher to secure his acquittal.
The Nithari killings came to light in December 2006 when the police raided Pandher's house following complaints by villagers that several of their children had disappeared.
The duo was arrested for the murder of a “call girl” Payal and later a total of 19 cases were registered by the police after human skulls, bones and clothes belonging to young girls were recovered from the house.