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CBI defends Pandher's exclusion in Nithari chargesheet

In the face of a court convicting and sentencing businessman Moninder Singh Pandher for rape and murder of a girl in Nithari ignoring CBI's contention, the agency said its case was based on thorough investigation and legally admissible evidence.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2009 17:32 IST

In the face of a court convicting and sentencing businessman Moninder Singh Pandher for rape and murder of a girl in Nithari ignoring CBI's contention, the agency on Friday said its case was based on thorough investigation and legally admissible evidence.

Reacting to the court verdict which had not taken into account the CBI's contention that Pandher was away in Australia along with his wife when Rimpa Haldar was raped and murdered in February 2005, the CBI said in a release that the opinion formed by it in all the 16 cases in Nithari was based on legally admissible evidence and the result of probe.

While the CBI said it was satisfied with the judgement pronounced against Surinder Koli, Pandher's servant, in Pandher's case further action, if any, would be taken only after the court examining the judgement and on the basis of legal advice.

The chargesheets were finalised in 16 cases after thorough probe from all angles, including scientific tests like DNA fingerprinting, skull superimposition and other legally admissible evidence.

While in eight cases, the identity of the victims was fixed through DNA test, in five cases, the identity could be established through skull superimposition test, the CBI said.

Investigation revealed that Pandher, owner of the house, was away when the incidents took place. "This is borne out from the documents, statement of witnesses and mobile phone records."