The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a second charge sheet in connection with the infamous Nithari serial killings, charging Surinder Koli for abduction, rape and murder of a young woman even as his master and co-accused Moninder Singh Pandher was spared.
According to a senior CBI official, Koli, Noida-based businessman Pandher's domestic help, had already admitted in his confessional statement before a Delhi court to the killing of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar.
"Koli was charge-sheeted for offences of a criminal conspiracy to kidnap, rape and murder of Pinki Sarkar. An additional charge of destroying the evidence was also slapped on him," the official said.
However, no charges were filed against Pandher in the second charge sheet, filed in the court of Ghaziabad special judge Sapna Mishra.
The investigating agency filed the first charge sheet on March 22 in which Koli was named the main accused for the murder of Payal, 26, and Pandher was virtually exonerated from the charges of rape and killings.
It was Payal's murder that had actually led to the unravelling of the macabre sex-related butcheries in Nithari village in Noida adjacent to Delhi.
The CBI has registered 19 cases so far.
According to CBI joint director Arun Kumar, there is no strong evidence against Pandher.
Pandher was only charge-sheeted for indulging in immoral trafficking and bribing Simranjeet Kaur, a sub-inspector of the Noida police who has been suspended since.
Pandher and Koli are accused in the sexual abuse and murder of over 20 children and women after skeletal remains of the victims were first discovered from a sewer behind Pandher's Noida flat on December 29. In the next few days, more than 20 skulls and several bones were discovered from the drain.
The CBI had taken over the investigations from the Noida police on January 10.