The Allahabad high court on Monday further deferred the hanging of Nithari killer Surinder Koli till December 22. The court had earlier stayed his hanging till December 1 following a PIL filed by Smriti Kartike and Yug Mohit Chaudhary of the People’s Union for Democratic rights (PUDR).
The division bench of chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PKS Baghel passed Monday’s order following another writ petition filed by Koli on Saturday. In the latest writ, Koli has prayed for the summoning of records from the governor and the President’s office.
These records pertain to the mercy petition that he had filed for commuting his death sentence into life imprisonment. In the PIL, the PUDR had pleaded for life imprisonment for Koli on the ground that the mercy petition had been lying with the governor and the President for nearly three years and three months.
In the latest criminal writ, Koli also pleaded that the Union of India had not filed their counter in the case till now. On these contentions, the bench directed that the case be listed for hearing on December 22.