The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not filing its response to Surinder Koli’s appeal against his death sentence in the 2006 Nithari killing case.
A bench comprising justice Markandeya Katju and justice Gyan Sudha Misra chided the investigating agency when it sought adjournment by six weeks. The CBI counsel said the agency needed time to translate the case papers that are required to be filed along with its affidavit.
The court lambasted the counsel and said such excuses did not behave of an investigating agency. “The petitioner is languishing in a death cell. He faces a death sentence. How can you take so much time to file your response?” it questioned the counsel. The CBI invited the court’s ire when it said it was intimated about its impediment in the case in November 2010.
The court asked the agency counsel whether three months wasn’t enough to complete the translation work. The bench adjourned the hearing till next week and said no further request for adjournment would be entertained.
The Nithari killings rocked the national capital region (NCR) in December 2009 after several body parts were found in a drain behind the bungalow of Koli’s employer Moninder Singh Pandher.
The remains were of women and children from Nithari village. Koli had allegedly raped and killed the victims inside the bungalow, while Pandher was away. Surinder Koli was sentenced to death in four of the cases registered against him.